Multi-Metros on Africa, Agribusiness and Blockchain

Get Connected to Global Opportunities through Global Chamber Connections and More

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Global Chamber® hosts at least 3 multi-metro events per month to help our members connect with opportunities in their metro area and well beyond. This month (August) we hosted globinars with local event meetings around the world on agribusiness, blockchain technology and Africa... three HOT, HOT, HOT topics!

The world is changing in fast and exciting ways. Jump in to the global pool!

And keep up at the chapter level on all our events locally, and more on our global calendar HERE

"Multi-metro globinars help our member executives learn more and connect more easily to new opportunities," said Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber®. "It's exciting when members make new connections that open doors to new business."

You can actually tap in to all 3 globinars by clicking more below. And if you have questions or need more info, contact Doug Bruhnke.

Click HERE for the latest Agribusiness discussion with 5 expert speakers.

Click HERE for the discussion on blockchain and the startup Sweetbridge by Chairman/founder Scott Nelson.

Click HERE for the discussion on opportunities in Africa with 5 expert speakers.


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Our Recent Globinar Expert Speakers

Jean Ekobo is the Founder of BioNovelus, Inc. (US OTC Pink: ONOV), a BioTech company that aims to develop a portfolio of green solutions for many applications. The solutions address major global challenges: food safety and supply, and water safety and supply.  BioNovelus’ vision is to answer critical environmental problems by replacing harmful chemicals with our eco-friendly and profitable technology to aid our planet. The firm is determined to help coffee growers keep the better tasting strain of the Arabica plant by fighting coffee rust with their “green”, biodegradable product - not only better for our environment but for people who enjoy the rich flavor that comes from organic coffee beans.  BioNovelus’ primary target market is the $100Billion* plus, annual, worldwide, coffee industry. Coffee Rust is a devastating fungus attacking the Arabica plant, currently, the coffee industry’s greatest threat.

Gina Sheets is Senior Fellow at Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, and recently transitioned back to Indiana after living five years in Liberia with her husband. There they built the School of Agriculture and Liberia’s first Agriculture Research Center on the campus of Liberia International Christian College, where she served as Vice President, the Administrator, and instructor of agriculture, business, math and development courses. Prior to Liberia, Gina was the first appointed Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) for now Vice-President Mike Pence. Gina has worked in economic development for over 20 years on large international deals, and has owned many small businesses with her husband, including the farm where they live.

David A. Geisler II is CEO and General Counsel for Vertical Innovations, David is responsible for the day to day operations focusing primarily on the development of the operations team and securing projects for continued development. David leads the firm's efforts in working with both public and private entities in present and future target markets. He brings a blend of private practice and in-house counsel experience, serving as counsel to clients ranging from large theme park/family entertainment operators, to restaurant management companies, to real estate developers, to commercial lending institutions, David has been exposed to almost every aspect of business and law, and he is motivated by the opportunity to make a substantial impact on the growing issue of food scarcity and security and to lead the way in the “farm to institution” market. Forming the firm’s foundation at the local level and creating a vision for national and global expansion is a critical focus. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from University of Missouri-Columbia and his B.S. in Political Science from Southwest Missouri State University.

Ricardo Vanella is Global Advisor for Global Chamber® Buenos Aires. He is a global specialist in strategic positioning, international marketing and business development, with almost 30 years of experience providing consultancy services for corporations, multilateral organizations, and NGOs around the world. He has counseled many private companies in a wide variety of industries, and held different management positions. Ricardo is an experienced orator and speechwriter, author of books, case studies and articles on a wide range of fields. He has also been a producer and presenter of TV and radio shows, and is frequently invited to lecture at universities in the Americas and Europe. He is the chair professor of International marketing and strategic positioning at the International Master in Food Technology, at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) as well as professor of Strategic intelligence at the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA). Ricardo is a U.S. Department of State alumnus  and a William Perry CHDS alumnus at National Defense University, U.S. Department of Defense. He is the founder of the Argentine-American Network for Leadership as well as of IANAmericas, the Inter-American Network of Alumni Associations from U.S. exchange programs.  He is also the first non-American Board Member of Global Ties U.S. and a Board Member of the Inter-American Defense College Foundation. He has a degree in Law (State University of Cordoba, Argentina), an MBA from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and a specialization in International Business at the American University of Paris (France). The Government of Italy awarded Ricardo as "Knight of the Star Order."

Javier Silva of Prom Peru is an agro-industrial engineer with specialization in Agricultural Exports. Currently, he is responsible for the development of new methodologies and training programs on market access requirements of countries with sustainable economies. He also oversees and supervises the programs developed in PROMPERÚ. His responsibilities include the constant updating of the Access Requirements Guidelines that applies for food products in international markets, which are shared on the PROMPERÚ website and currently cover 15 different country markets. Mr. Silva is also responsible of all the steps and procedures related to the information collection and the research for development and future updates for the new PROMPERÚ tool websites: "Requisitos de Acceso a Mercados (RAM)" and "Plaguicidas LMR". Mr. Silva has been recently certified as a Lead Instructor by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) of the Illinois Institute of Technology, empowered to instruct and train Qualified Individuals in Preventive Controls to properly comply with new U.S. food market regulations and the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Scott Nelson is Chairman/founder of Sweetbrige. He is a visionary and business model innovator in the logistics industry, and now he's introducing his grandest vision and business through an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) in October. Listen to the plan and be part of history as blockchain technology makes its way into our daily business lives. Scott has seen the implications of technologies on logistics before the marketing hype cycle. He built a business that satisfied the largest most demanding companies in the world, serving as the founder and CEO for 22 years. He sold the business he founded and grew to $10's of millions of recurring revenue. Now Scott is launching something bigger... 15 years in the making... powered by blockchain technology.

Demba Ndiaye is originally from Senegal. He is the Founder and Director of Strategy First LLC, a Multi-line Insurance & Financial Services Consulting, in the provision of insurance, financial services, strategy and advisory services to individuals, community groups and companies in various sectors. His expertise is on Consultative Marketing Services, Community Resilience and Adaptation strategies, Economic and financial literacy model design and integration, Donor strategy and funding development, Diaspora involvement through ownership advocacy and ethnic buy-in. Demba also is a strategy and organizational development advisor on African entrepreneurial environments and Precision Agriculture at the Community Engineering Program, based in Senegal. Tri-lingual: English, French, Spanish.

Vivian Ohawuchi is a self-motivated and passion driven personality with over 8 years’ experience garnered across Research, Brand management, Media and Administration with a proven record of effective skills at project coordination and management. A graduate of Biochemistry from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and London Metropolitan School of Business Management, she has extensive experience in market research studies such as New Product Development, Advert testing/communication studies, Brand Health studies, Price monitoring, among many others. Presently she holds the position of Research and Business Development Manager at Calvary Transnational Limited and her scope of work ranges from Project design, Proposal development, Client liaison, Trainings and Facilitation, Report writing, Moderations for Focus Group Discussions ,In-depth Interviews, Consumer Immersions, Ethnography, Coordination of Business-to-business studies and Overall project management. Some other brands she has worked on are: Airtel, Tasty Tom, Farm Fresh, Dano, Lux, Marie  Stopes Organization of Nigeria, Ok foods, DEEPEN, MNI, Palmchat, BAJAJ, Nigerian Ports Authority, Kenya Tourism Board, Dettol Antiseptic Liquid, Nurofen Pain Relief drug and Guinness.

Jonathan Mundell co-founded In On Africa in 2007 (then Consultancy Africa Intelligence) and is primarily responsible for overseeing the functioning of the firm as a whole, working closely with each project team and communicating with clients. Jonathan holds MA and BA degrees in Research Psychology (both cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and has been involved in Africa-focused research (quantitative and qualitative), publishing and consultancy over the past decade. Jonathan has overseen large-scale research projects for clients such as Caterpillar, Ernst & Young, Interbrand, Motorola, Nedbank, PwC, SAPPI and various governments and embassies.

Erika (Ofori-Kyei) Amoako-Agyei was selected by Stanford University for a one-year assignment in Ghana to advance economic opportunities in West Africa (Sept. 2017–2018). As part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED), Erika will bring the expertise of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Innovation of Silicon Valley to CEOs in Africa. Serving as a Business Coach, Erika will support high-potential entrepreneurs in multiple countries to scale and grow their business, increase revenue, create new jobs and open new markets. By leveraging her skills as a business leader, Erika’s role in West Africa will support Stanford’s larger initiative to eradicate poverty in developing economies by increasing the business capabilities of locally owned companies. Erika has prior experience working internationally. For nearly a decade, she worked for the US tech giant, the IBM Corporation, starting in the US, and then transferring to West Africa for several years based in Ghana. As the Country General Manager, Erika managed IBM Ghana Operations and supported multiple projects in other countries, including Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Cameroon.

Doug Bruhnke is CEO/founder of Global Chamber®, helping companies grow more effectively across metros, cross border and globally. Doug is from Mt. Kisco, New York and his first international trip was to Korea in January of 1987. Since then he's been a two-time expat with the Dupont Company (Tokyo and Singapore) and has worked in over 100 countries and nearly all market segments. He's now leading Global Chamber® - which is growing in 195 countries and 525 metro areas, i.e. everywhere! Doug is a member of US District Export Council, advisor for US Global Leadership Council and past president at Global Ties Arizona. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University.