Worldview Institute | Spring 2008 Semester

Doing Business in a Global Environment:
A Look at Different Regions




The intent of this series of seminars is to have students analyze and critique through lectures, case studies and other learning tools, the determinants that should be employed when either initiating business or continuing the conduct of business in both stable and unstable regions of the world. These regions will be assessed relative to internal political and economic challenges as well as external forces that impact their survival, stability and recovery.

The classes will consider the political, legal, economic, environmental, social, cultural and health characteristics of such regions and the role of the U.N., U.S., E.U. and other regional bodies as well as private interests that intersect with business practices. Each region will be discussed in depth and engage seasoned professional faculty in exploring these characteristics.

All sessions begin with a reception from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Each class is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Spring 2008 semester is limited to 25 participants! Register now to reserve your place.

Seminar 1: April 2, 2008

Exploring the Challenges of Doing Business Globally Today

Brief Description: Business, like everyone else everywhere, faces the daunting challenges and promising opportunities of high-velocity globalization. Yet the private sector and its capital are largely controlling this most dynamic transformation in the global economic system. Governments are fearfully clinging to old structures as domestic politics drive agendas. The seminar will address the relevance of globalization to business, looking at issues such as the rich-poor world divide, protectionist reactions, the rise of regionalism and the decline of the nation-state. It will also focus on how global corporate decision-making must, in light of current threats to global order, balance new social responsibilities with those to its shareholders.

Faculty: John Zindar, Partner, European American Business Organization, Adjunct Professor of Global Economics, NYU

Readings: Fortune Favors the Bold; What We Must Do to Build a New and Lasting Global Prosperity by Lester Thurow

Location: Turkish Mission to the United Nations, 821 U.N. Plaza (1st Avenue)

Seminar 2: April 8, 2008

U.S. as Smart Power

Faculty: Farooq Kathwari, CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc., Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University

Location: Estonia House, 243 E. 34th Street

Seminar 3: April 16, 2008

Investing and Doing Business in Africa

Brief Description: The seminar will cover the emergence and growth of the African Stock Markets and the opportunities of doing business in the region. We will review the recent economic trends; Foreign Direct Investments and Privatization; potential uses of remittances as a developmental tool; the performance and growth of the stock markets as well as the challenges of doing business in Africa.

Faculty: Clifford D. Mpare, CMA, CFA, Founder and CEO of Frontline Capital Advisors, LLC

Readings: Emerging Markets by Nenad Pacek and Daniel Thorniley; Hedge Hunters by Katherine Burton

Location: Ugandan Mission to the U.N., Uganda House, 336 East 45th Street (between First and Second Avenue)

Seminar 4: April 23, 2008

The Implications of Turkey's EU Process for Local and Global Business

Brief Description: The lecture will focus on Turkey's EU process. Following a brief historical background, the political, social and "identity" dimensions of the process will be addressed. The economic and business aspects of the membership process will be given special emphasis. The regional and global business implications of the process will also be covered.

Faculty: Abdullah Akyuz, President Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, Inc.

Location: Estonia House, 243 E. 34th Street

Seminar 5: April 30, 2008

Breakout Session with Multiple Faculty

Faculty: Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Africa

Location: Estonia House, 243 E. 34th Street

Seminar 6: May 7, 2008

Competing for FDI: Will Russia and Eastern Europe Stay Among the Fastest Growing Economies?

Brief Description: The seminar will cover growth and investments opportunities including: basic economic background information about the region; growth and FDI; privatization process; M&A activities; new challenges after slowdown in US and Europe.

Faculty: Dr. Janos Harskuti, Consul for Financial and Commercial Affairs, Consulate General of Hungary

Location: Hungarian Mission to the United Nations, 227 East 42nd Street

Seminar 7: May 14, 2008

Settling International Business Disputes with China

Faculty: Jerome A. Cohen, Professor at New York University School of Law, Of Counsel in the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

Location: Estonia House, 243 E. 34th Street

Seminar 8: May 21, 2008

Fighting Poverty: Microfinance and the Millennium Development Goals

Faculty: Ritu Chattree, Vice President, Finance and Development, Grameen America

Location: Australian Mission to the United Nations, 150 E. 42nd Street, 33rd Floor

Seminar 9: May 28, 2008

Latin America: The Challenge Going Forward is Achieving High and Sustainable Growth Rates

Faculty: Alberto M. Ramos, Vice-President within the Emerging Markets Economic Research Group at Goldman Sachs & Co in New York

Location: Argentine Mission to the United Nations, One U.N. Plaza (First Avenue), 25th Floor

Seminar 10: June 4, 2008

Breakout Session

Dr. Thomas Trebat, Executive Director, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

Linda Fasulo, UN Correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC and NPR

Location: Estonia House, 243 E. 34th Street