The 2019 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs was a huge success. The 3-1/2 Day event at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg drew hundreds of people to over 30 Panel Discussions. Speakers and panelists included distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing critical international issues of the day. Stay tuned for details about the 2020 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs scheduled for February 18 - 21, 2020.
Our Speakers
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. 2019 was no exception. With over 30 Panel Discussions, the 2019 Conference featured speakers and panelists of intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts for 3-1/2 days of discussions about critical international issues.
Marguerite MoritzProfessor Emerita

Marguerite Moritz is Professor Emerita and UNESCO Chair in International Journalism Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She made her first trip to China in 1981as a Gannet Fellow in Asian Studies and over the span of her career has been a visiting scholar at major universities in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Her workshops and seminars on China Through TIME examine the magazine's impact on perceptions of China during the reign of founder Henry Luce and are underwritten by CU's Center for Asian Studies.

William DowellForeign Correspondent, Publisher

William Dowell spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to that he worked for both NBC and ABC News on a wide range of foreign assignments that included the war in Vietnam, the revolution and post revolution in Iran, the civil war in Lebanon, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, various conflicts in Africa and international terrorism, along with the impact of climate change on developing countries.

Angie McCourtvice president, transformation management office

Angie McCourt is vice president, transformation management office, Americas. In this role she is responsible for leading the organization through a transformation initiative. She previously served as vice president, Cisco Solutions Group, at Tech Data since September 2010. In that role, she led the company's dedicated team of sales, marketing and technical professionals in support of all Cisco solutions available through Tech Data. Under her leadership, Tech Data was recognized and awarded by Cisco for best-in-class partner enablement, innovation, technology enablement and execution.

Fabrizio GugliuzzaLawyer

Fabrizio Gugliuzza is a Lawyer with post-graduate studies in Corporate Law (Universidad Metropolitana - Venezuela), Studying a LL.M. in International Law at Stetson University in Gulfport; Graduated in 2014 as a Lawyer, later came to Tampa to improve his English skills at USF returning to his country afterwards to pursuit a postgraduate study and work. He witnessed the progressive collapse of economy and society by the modern dictatorship stablished in his country, and faced the deterioration of living standards and the oppression of the regime to remain in power, killing and imprisoning innocent people, he collaborated observing past elections and now tries to explain what is happening and find support and help to end the dictatorship with the hope of making possible the future reconstruction of Venezuela.

Curtis GrahamDirector/ Director of Photography

Raised in a Photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in Advertising Photography. Curtis has won many accolades for his work in advertising including: N.Y. Art Director Award, Norma Award, National Addys, and Clio Award. His work has appeared in many national publications such as: Town & Country, Esquire, W, Print, and Communication Arts.

Allison QuatriniAssistant Professor of Political Science

Allison Quatrini is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Global Affairs at Eckerd College. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on China, specifically its authoritarian state, and the politics of festivals and holidays. She is also interested in interpretive research methodology and the role of field-work in Political Science. Allison's research has been funded by the David I. Boren Fellowship, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU, and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at GWU.

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