Globinar USTDA Making Global Local Opportunities

Date: October 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ZOOM Virtual
Contact: Global Chamber

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Global Chamber® is pleased to share the USTDA program Making Global Local. In this globinar we'll be sitting down with the USTDA’S Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency, Todd Abrajano along with Verinda Fike, Indo Pacific Regional Director to get an update on programs of benefit and new opportunities for U.S.-based firms going global.

The USTDA has a number of programs that will be discussed. We'll hear about the Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative, and there is background on the USTDA website regarding the GIRI call for proposals. USTDA announced the initiative at the EXIM conference.

In addition, this week is the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF), and here's the website. Keynote remarks will be delivered by U.S government Secretaries of State and Commerce, and USTDA is co-hosting the event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The IPBF will take place in the U.S. on October 27-28, and the live events will be held from 9:00 PM to Midnight due to the time difference with co-hosts in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The program is October 26th at noon PT / 2pm CT / 3pm ET. Register above.

0:00 – 0:03  Welcome and Introductions
0:03 – 0:23  USTDA 101 and Overview, Todd Abrajano
0:23 – 0:42  Indo Pac Region, IPBF, Health Care and New Agribusiness Sector, Verinda Fike
0:42 – 0:57  Question & Answers
0:57 – 1:00 Closing Remarks
Head shot of Todd AbrajanoTodd Abrajano - Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency, U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Todd Abrajano serves as the Chief Operating Officer, Head of Agency, for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, leading the Agency’s export promotion efforts supporting U.S. jobs and businesses in priority development projects within emerging markets in the energy, transportation, ICT, healthcare and agribusiness sectors. He previously served as Deputy Director (Acting), as well as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Agency. Before joining USTDA, Mr. Abrajano served as the Director of the Office of White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he supported Secretary Wilbur Ross and other senior-level Commerce officials on policy and operational matters. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Abrajano served as President of Turning Point Public Affairs which he founded in 2010.  Through Turning Point, he focused on legislative and regulatory grassroots advocacy and his clients’ strategic, communications and government relations needs. During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, Turning Point was retained by the Donald J. Trump for President campaign for which Mr. Abrajano served as the Missouri Communications Director. Mr. Abrajano received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from Yale.
Verinda Fike - Indo Pacific Regional Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Verinda Fike serves as the Regional Director for the Indo-Pacific for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), where she is responsible for developing the agency’s strategy, infrastructure project preparation activities, and innovative public-private partnerships throughout the region. Ms. Fike has traveled and worked in over 50 countries and has managed projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Ms. Fike began her career at USTDA in 2010, and previously served as Country Manager for Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and for East Asia.  Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Fike consulted U.S. private sector and USAID overseas missions on creating effective public-private partnerships in developing and emerging economies. She also spent three years in China managing patient relations and marketing for several women’s health clinics in cooperation with Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Fike holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, as well as a B.A. from the University of Colorado in International Affairs and Mandarin Chinese.

Moderator: Dianne K. Quebral - White House Liaison and Director of Public Engagement at U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Facilitator: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®. Doug is a global entrepreneur dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® successfully reach new markets across 525 metros - everywhere! He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with 33+ years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is also regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of Arizona District Export Council, British American Business Council of Northern California and more. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University, and is co-inventor on 5 patents. Doug was born in Mt. Kisco, New York and now is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and Palo Alto, California. Hear the Global Chamber® story here.

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