Trade wars: have we reached a truce?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:00 AM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Frank Benyon
Following law studies at Bristol University and at the College of Europe, he practiced as a solicitor with Allen & Overy in London before becoming a partner with Clifford-Chance, working successively in their Brussels, Dubai and Paris office, dealing, in particular, with company, commercial and banking matters. He joined the Legal Service of the European Commission in 1980, advising on and drafting legislation, as well as preparing and negotiating treaties with third countries. He also appeared for the Commission in a great number of cases before the European Court of Justice in a variety of areas of EU law. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director in charge of the Legal Service's Business Law Team, dealing with the Capital, Establishment and Services freedoms, in particular in the banking, telecommunications and transport sectors. After retiring from the Commission in 2010, he was made Senior Fellow in the Law Department of the European University Institute in Florence and the seminars he held there led to two publications, "Direct Investment, National Champions and EU Treaty Freedoms", (Oxford, Hart 2010) and "Services and the EU Citizen" (Hart 2013). He has given university courses and lectures in Italy, Belgium, the UK and elsewhere and contributes to various publications, most recently the work edited by Bobek & Prassl entitled Air Passenger Rights Ten Years On (Hart January 2016) and a Wiley Compendium of EU law.
Scott Brown
Scott Brown joined the Raymond James Equity Research Department in 1995 after two years as an economist in the firm's Fixed Income Research Department.  Before his arrival at Raymond James, he was manager of economic research at Pacific First Bank in Seattle and had previously been director of economic research at First Imperial Advisors in San Diego.  He also worked as an economist for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company.  Dr. Brown earned his doctorate in economics from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied time series analysis and forecasting under Nobel Laureates Robert F. Engle and Clive W.J. Granger.  Dr. Brown also holds an M.S. degree in statistics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California at Irvine.  Dr. Brown serves on the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association. He is also a member of The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's Economic Advisory Roundtable and has previously served as a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for the state of Florida. Dr. Brown has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News, and is often quoted in the financial press.  
Susan Harper
Prior to moving to Miami, Ms. Harper held two consecutive positions in Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa: Director General and Senior Arctic Official (2013-16) and Director General, Trade and Technical Barriers (2009-13). In 2004, she had been posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, where she became Minister (Economic) in 2008. She had previously been Ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay (2001-04), after having held trade positions in Yaounde', Paris and Buenos Aires. Before joining the Government of Canada, Ms. Harper taught at both Cambrian College in Sudbury, and George Brown College in Toronto. Susan has two children, who keep her academic, financial management and diplomatic skills honed.
Reid Lohr
Mr. Lohr is the co-founder and partner of EDI Advisory Group, a development and decision support group specializing in global fluency and transnational engagements. The firm helps organizations navigate an increasingly interdependent, multicultural, and changing global marketplace and work environment. After a rewarding career as a corporate executive with the Southland Corporation, Mr. Lohr transitioned his skills to the international development and foreign affairs arena where works directly with senior government, military, and business leaders. He has held key leadership roles in transitioning economies and post-conflict regions in Central & South Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He has also served as Director of International Programs at Chemonics; Foreign Affairs Advisor at Deloitte Consulting; and as an Economic Development and Emerging Market Strategist focusing on institutional capacity building, Government relationships, and Interagency collaboration. He current holds an active Security Clearance. In addition his work with the EDI Advisory Group, he serves as an Advisor/Trainer on Change Management and Socioeconomic transitions and guest lecturers on Leadership & Management at a variety of Institutions. GLOBAL WORK EXPERIENCE USA, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Republic of Maldives, and Timor-Leste. EDUCATION Business and Management, University of Maryland Geographic Information Systems, University of South Florida Dale Carnegie Management and Leadership Certification National Defense University, Brookings, Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Assoc., and CSIS. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES Committee on Foreign Relations; Society for Int'l Development; Business Council for Int'l Understanding; World Affairs Council of America; Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF); Executive Roundtables; Kennedy School Alumni Assoc.; American Corporate Partners (mentor); Guess Speaker/Lecture on Leadership & Organizational Development