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Annual National Conference


The World Affairs Councils of America hosted its 2014 National Conference, America and the World 2015, on November 5-7, at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel.

Held annually for over two decades, the Conference engages our national network's leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

The 2014 National Conference Agenda (available  here) examined: China, the U.S., and Asia; Russia/Eurasia; Cybersecurity; Future of Education; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Food and Water; Global Economic Realignment; Future of Energy; Africa; and Climate Change.

 

 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

General David G. Perkins
Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Moisés Naím
Internationally-syndicated Columnist and Best-selling Author, and Distinguished Fellow in the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Confirmed Speakers to Date

John Beyrle
Former United States Ambassador to Russia, on Russia/Eurasia

Celeste A. Wallander
Special Assistant to the President, and Senior Director, Russia and Central Asia, National Security Council Staff, The White House, on Russia/Eurasia

Angela Stent
Professor and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University, on Russia/Eurasia

Susan Glasser
Editor, POLITICO, on Russia/Eurasia

Christopher Painter
Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State, on Cybersecurity

Governor Tim Pawlenty
CEO, Financial Services Roundtable, and former Governor of Minnesota, on Cybersecurity
Visiting Fellow for Cybersecurity, Brookings Institution, on Cybersecurity
National Security Reporter, The Washington Post, on Cybersecurity

 

Raymond Gilpin
Academic Dean, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, on Africa's Transformation

 

Todd Moss
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, on Africa's Transformation

Amadou Sy
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Africa Growth Initiative, The Brookings Institution, on Africa's Transformation

Karen Attiah
Opinions Deputy Digital Editor/Producer, The Washington Post, on Africa's Transformation

 

Evan A. Feigenbaum
Vice Chairman, The Paulson Institute, on China

 

David M. Finkelstein
Vice President and Director, China Studies, CNA Corporation, on China

David Shambaugh
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and Director, China Policy Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, on China

Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State
 
Thomas C. Leppert
Chief Executive Officer, Kaplan Inc., and former Mayor of Dallas, TX, on the Future of Education
Executive Director, Gallup Education, on the Future of Education
Jennifer L. Turner
Director, China Environment Forum, Wilson Center, on Food, Water, and Climate

Keith Schneider
Senior Editor, Circle of Blue, on Food, Water, and Climate

 

Stephen D. Eule
Vice President for Climate and Technology, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, on the Future of Energy

 

Greg Guidry
Executive Vice President, Unconventionals, Shell Upstream Americas, on the Future of Energy
Gregory Kallenberg
Director and Producer, The Rational Middle Energy Series, on the Future of Energy
Alice Madden
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, on the Future of Energy
Director of Resources, Center for Energy Economics and Policy, Resources for the Future, on the Future of Energy
Nicole Goldin
Principal, NRG Advisory, and Senior Associate, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest

Kalsoom Lakhani
Founder and CEO, Invest2Innovate, on Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest

Sharon Morris
Senior Advisor to the Acting President, United States Institute of Peace, on Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest

Amanda Taub
Senior Correspondent, Vox, on Youth Jobs, and Social Unrest

Nicholas Wapshott
International Editor, Newsweek

 

Leadership Day Speakers

Vernetta Walker
Chief Governance Officer and Vice President of Programs, BoardSource, on Strategic Board Engagement
 
 
Kristen Looney
Head of Face to Faith, North America, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, on Global Education

Eyad Hussein Abdel Aziz
Islamic Educational College (joining live from Amman, Jordan)

 
Charles C. Haynes
Director, Religious Freedom Center, Newseum, on Global Education
 
 
Craig J. Perrier
High School Social Studies Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, on Global Education 

 

Netta Ascoli
Education Program Officer, World Affairs Council of Northern California, on Global Education

 

Confirmed Embassy Receptions

 

 

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Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Chevron

The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation

ExxonMobil

Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs

Google

The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip

NATO

Rational Middle Energy Series

Raytheon

Rosetta Stone

Shell

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute