Agenda – International Business Exchange 2019


 Opening Remarks

  • Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Francesco Genuardi, General Consul, Italy in New York
  • Fernando Napolitano, President and CEO, Italian Business & Investment Initiative

Why U.S.-European economic cooperation is more important now than ever before—for both parties

The current political polarization around the world has injected uncertainty into global markets. As trade wars rage on, with the U.S. looking increasingly away from China, Europe appears a natural ally. And with internal struggles of its own, the continent is in need of a stabilizing economic force.

  • Pimm Fox, Bloomberg [moderator]
  • Michael Nowlis, Associate Dean, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University 
  • Sharyn O’Halloran, George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics and Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Business in the new societal context: the role of the private sector in a new European political and socioeconomic reality

A series of elections has left European governments looking drastically different than just a few years ago. The upcoming European Parliamentary elections might shake things up again. In this increasingly unstable environment, analysis shows how citizens are looking to the private sector – and its executives – to play a new, hybrid role and engage more actively with the communities in which they operate. Corporate leaders in all sectors, now more than ever, are accountable not only to their shareholders, but also civil society.

  • Jere Sullivan, Vice Chairman, International Public Affairs, Edelman [moderator]
  • Gideon Maltz, Executive Director, Tent Partnership for Refugees
  • Jeffrey Hedberg, CEO, Wind Tre
  • Dr. Manlio Coviello, President of the Board, TERNA PLUS

Fostering the workforce of tomorrow through U.S.-Europe education & collaboration

With innovations like AI changing the nature of work before our eyes and digital giants both merging and independently growing into economically dominant monoliths that reach far beyond their traditionally defined industries, academic institutions in the U.S. and Europe are adapting to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Through international exchange and collaboration, these organizations are finding success in synergistic approaches to educating future leaders around the world. 

  • Dr. Adam Klein, Founder, Media Leader [moderator]
  • Donna Rapaccioli, Dean, Fordham Gabelli School of Business
  • Ketty Maisonrouge, Founder, KM & Co.
  • Dr. Mark Tykocinski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University

The state of the cities: how municipal stability has powered the U.S. and Europe through national instability

European cities are thriving. Despite the region’s economic and political woes, local governments have focused and are delivering on a better future. The political structure of city governments has remained intact and economies – driven by small-and-medium enterprises – have shown marked growth and success. At a more granular level, Europe is much stronger than meets the eye.

  • Maria Luisa Rossi-Hawkins, Correspondent, Mediaset [moderator]
  • James Patchett, President and CEO, NYCEDC
  • Tony Shorris, Former Deputy Mayor, Princeton, NYC
  • Fernando Napolitano, President and CEO, Italian Business & Investment Initiative

Equita Report: The Reshaping of an Industry: The Italian Banks in the Context of the Banking Union in Europe

  • Giovanni Razzoli, Analyst, Equita

The impact of Italy’s debt: the status of Europe’s banking system and opportunities for investments and private equity in 2019

Beyond Rome and Milan, main banks across Europe are holding billions of dollars in Italian debt, creating vulnerability for the region as Italy enters a period of recession. Alternatively, private equity investment in Europe in 2018 reached its highest level in a decade, totaling approximately USD 80 billion, according to Invest in Europe. Small and mid-sized enterprises represented 87 percent of these investments. With the current political landscape and the potential impact of an economic downturn, will Europe remain an attractive opportunity for investors? What will happen with Italy’s debt?

  • Pimm Fox, Bloomberg [moderator] 
  • Giuseppe Castagna, CEO, Banco BPM
  • Dick Cashin, President, One Equity Partners
  • Francesco Cardinali, Senior Country Manager, Italy, JP Morgan
  • Paolo Vicinelli, Portfolio Manager, Gabelli


  • William Mayer, Trustee & Chairman Emeritus, Aspen Institute

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