Save the date! Next Conference February 23 – 26, 2021
8th Annual Conference February 18 – 21, 2020
Join us for the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs! This year’s 3-1/2 day event begins with a Keynote Address at the Palladium, 5:00 pm Feb. 18, and ends with a Closing Address at Fox Hall - Eckerd College, 7:00 pm Feb. 21. Panel Discussions are daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Feb. 19 – 21 at University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) Student Center and Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Admission is free and open to the public.
Expand Your World View………. Further!
The success of the Saint Petersburg Conference on World Affairs inspired Mayor Rick Kriseman last year to proclaim the creation of St Petersburg International Week to run concurrently with the conference. During the week of Feb 17 – 21 we will be offering additional activities in support of our program, including various international culinary and artistic events.
Speakers for 2020 Conference
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. Here is a peek at some of them.
Ann SussmanArchitect, Author, and Researcher

Ann Sussman, RA, an architect, author and researcher is passionate about understanding how buildings influence people emotionally. Her book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment (2015), co-authored with Justin B. Hollander, won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). A frequent speaker, she has given more than 80 lectures at regional conferences, colleges and universities, including keynoting architecture events in Houston, Cincinnati and Nashville in 2017, and presenting at Greenbuild/Berlin in 2018 and Greenbuild/Amsterdam in 2019

David WilligInternational Attorney

David S. Willig holds Bachelor of Arts degree French Language & Literature from the University of South Florida, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. As a law student, he clerked in a Japanese law firm, and after becoming a member of the Florida Bar, he took the bar exam in Lyon, France and became a member of the Bar of Paris, France.

Brahim KasDoctoral Researcher in Political Science

Brahim Kas is a doctoral researcher in political science at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis. His research focuses on Saudi Arabia and the new balances in the Middle East, exploring the internal and external challenges of the House of Al Saud, and the construction of its new bilateral relations, among others, with Moscow, Tel Aviv, Beijing where he conducted a field study in April 2016.

Alan DeLisleCity Development Administrator for the City of St. Petersburg

Alan DeLisle is currently the City Development Administrator for the City of St. Petersburg. Five departments report to him, including Planning & Development Services, Economic & Workforce Development, Real Estate & Property Management, Transportation & Parking Management and Enterprise Facilities Department. The position reports to the Mayor. Alan has spent over 25 years in the economic development and public policy field. He has specialized in public-private economic development partnerships that transform communities, expand commerce and help to create jobs for local residents. He has managed Economic Development City Departments for Buffalo, New York, and Durham, North Carolina, has served as Executive Director of not-for-profit Development Corporations in Buffalo and Louisville, Kentucky, led the Durham Workforce Development Board and has served as Durham’s Assistant City Manager. Alan has planned, organized, negotiated and executed several public-private partnerships that resulted both in redevelopment and new construction. In Durham, he was part of the team that helped to transform old tobacco factories into multi-use commercial hubs and was the City’s project manager for the very successful Durham Performing Arts Center. Throughout his career, Alan has helped to develop office parks, neighborhood revitalization projects, brownfields, retail, tourism, streetscapes, multi-use transportation centers, business development initiatives, cultural/arts projects, workforce outcomes and commercial and housing financing products. Alan earned his BA in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York in 1982. He continued his education at the State University of New York Albany (SUNY-A) by earning a Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in State and Local Government in 1985. Mr. DeLisle is also a Certified Economic Development professional by the International Economic Development Council.

Pierre GuerlainProfessor

Pierre Guerlain is Professor emeritus of American Studies at Université Paris-Nanterre, France. His fields of research are US foreign policy, US politics and social movements, Discourse Analysis, and Intercultural Studies. Professor Guerlain has done a lot of work on “anti-Americanism” and the image of the US abroad. He has also published a number of articles on social and political movements in the US. Professor Guerlain’s book about the mutual perceptions of the Americans and the French is titled Miroirs transatlantiques: la France et les Etats-Unis entre passions et indifférences. It was published by L’Harmattan in 1996.

Saskia Estupiñán-DayPublic Health Dentist

Dr. Saskia Estupiñán-Day is a public health dentist with worldwide experience including all of the countries of the Americas as well as many countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. She has provided leadership in scientific and academic communities and is a leading worldwide authority in the development of oral health strategies, implementation of national programs, international technical cooperation, and management of research programs. She has conceived and implemented major innovations in public health dentistry research and programs including fluoridation, atraumatic restorative treatment, and the application of cost-effectiveness analysis and policy support to national programs.