Global Business Roundtable

Global Business Roundtable
Roger Altman, Chairman and Founder of Evercore and Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury addresses the GBR, December 2011.

In today's volatile and complex world, investment decisions need to be guided by an awareness of fast-moving global and regional trends. JHCGA's Global Business Roundtble (GBR) seeks to provide this awareness through periodic luncheon meetings at which outside speakers share views on global economic, political, and security trends.

Bill Best, former Chief Administrative Officer of A.T. Kearney and a member of the JHCGA Advisory Board, serves as GBR Chair.  Bill brings to the GBR his experience and contacts as manager of A.T. Kearney’s operations in Asia from 1987 to 1999.  In addition to managing Kearney’s practice in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Sydney, and Melbourne, Bill set up new offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo.

Speakers over the last five years have included:

  • October 2014 -- Dr. Michael Van Dusen, Senior Advisor to the President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Current Situation in the Middle East
  • October 2014 -- Hon. Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University; former Governor, State of Colorado: Global Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the U.S.
  • August 2014 -- Amb. Richard H. Solomon, Senior Fellow, RAND Corp; former Director, U.S. Institute of Peace; former U.S. Ambassador to Philippines: U.S. Outlook
  • August 2014 -- Roger Altman, Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners; former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department: U.S. and Global Economic Outlook
  • August 2014 -- General Montgomery C. Meigs, U.S. Army (ret). Visiting Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School, University of Texas: US Strategic Alliances
  • June 2014 -- Bruce McConnell, Director, Cybersecurity Initiative, East-West Institute: International Collaboration on Cybersecurity
  • January 2014 -- Rachel Bronson, Vice President for Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Implications of U.S. Energy Independence for Middle East
  • November 2013 -- Amb. Marc Wall, Visiting Scholar and Diplomat-in-Residence, Global and Area Studies program, University of Wyoming: Flashpoints of crisis in Mideast and East Asia
  • October 2013 -- Allan Tessler, CEO, International Finance Group, Inc. and Chairman Emeritus, Hudson Institute: Japanís Economic Reforms: What Arrows Does Abe Have in His Quiver?
  • September 2013 -- Prof. Charles Mason, University of Wyoming: Renaissance or Meltdown: The Economics of Nuclear Power after Fukushima
  • August 2013 -- Kathryn Clay, Executive Director, Transportation Collaboration, American Gas Association and American Natural Gas Alliance: Natural Gas Policy Issues
  • August 2013 -- Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow and Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution: Putin's Russia
  • June 2013 -- Paul Sullivan, Adjunct Professor, Security Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University: Whither the Arab Spring?
  • April 2013 -- Ruth Pojman, Coordinator, Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): Global Human Trafficking
  • April 2013 -- Bruce McNamer, President and CEO, Technoserve: Business Approaches to Global Poverty Alleviation
  • March 2013 -- David H Shinn, Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University (former U.S. Ambassador to Eethiopia and Burkina Faso): China in Africa
  • February 2013 -- Joe Cannon, President and CEO, Fuel Frreedom Foundation (former Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency): Role of Natural Gas in Meeting World Energy Demand and U.S. Energy Security
  • October 2012 – Charles K. Ebinger, Director, Energy programs, the Brookings Institution: Energy Issues in South Asia
  • September 2012 – Stephen Krasner, Graham H. Stuart Professor of International studies, Stanford University; former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department; and Jean Garrison, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global and Area Studies program, University of Wyoming: Future of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • July 2012 – John Silvia, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo: U.S. Economic Update
  • July 2012 – Ken Berlin, Sr. Vice President and General counsel, Coalition for Green Capital: Green Investment Funds
  • June 2012 – Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute: "Current National Security Challenges and the Pentagon's Plans for the Future"
  • May 2012 – Manny Menendez, President and CEO of Elgin China Ltd. and the founder of MCM Group Holdings, Ltd.: "Doing Business in China"
  • February 2012 – Marshall Bouton, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs: "The New Geopolitics of Asia - the New Great Game"
  • December 2011 – Roger Altman, Chairman and Founder, Evercore Partners; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Treasury: "U.S. and Global Economic Prospects"
  • December 2011 – David Wendt, President, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs and Bruce Simon, Principal, Jackson Hole Prime Properties: "Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Economy"
  • August 2011 – Richard Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future: "The Control of Greenhouse Gases and Other Emissions"
  • August 2011 – Joe Borich, President, Washington State China Relations Council: "China in the 21st Century"
  • July 2011 – Third Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit (co-sponsored with Global Interdependence Center): Jim Bullard, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Dennis Lockhart, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • June 2011 – Mark Elovitz, Director, Center for Strategic Geopolitics: "Whatís Behind the Obvious in the Arab Mideast?"
  • May 2011 – Dale Eisler, Consul-General (Denver, CO), Government of Canada: "U.S.-Canada Trade Relations"
  • April 2011 – Mark Northam, Director, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming: "Globalization of energy assets"
  • March 2011 – Michael Birt, Founding Executive Director, Pacific Health Summit: "Opportunities and Needs in Global Health Investment"
  • February 2011 – Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow and Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution: "Russia, the Caucasus, and Energy"
  • February 2011 – Li Gui, Chief, Infrastructure Investment, Shanxi Provincial Tourism Administration (China): "Financing and Managing Tourism in China"
  • September 2010 – Amb. Michael A. Samuels, President, Samuels International Associates; former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: "Doing Business in Vietnam, Angola, and Nicaragua"
  • July 2010 – John E. Silvia, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo: "Impact of Globalization on U.S. Economy"
  • July 2010 – Erik R. Peterson, Director, Global Business Policy Council, A.T. Kearney: "Transformations in the Global Economy and Society"
  • March 2010 – Paul Dodds, Regulatory Advisor to Cambodian Ministry of Small Business: "Rule of Law in Economies in Transition"
  • December 2009 – James Malackowski, Founder & CEO, Ocean Tomo: "International Intellectual Property"
  • October 2009 – Jim Woolsey, former Director of CIA; member, JHCGA Advisory Board: "U.S. Energy Security"
  • September 2009 – Angus MacBeth, Senior Counsel, Sidley and Austin: "Climate Change Legislation and Litigation"
  • August 2009 – J.D. Bindenagel, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany: "Prospects for Germany and the EU"
  • July 2009 – General Montgomery C. Meigs, former commander of NATO Forces in Bosnia, and US Forces in Europe; currently CEO of Business Executives for National Security: "U.S. Strategic challenges"
  • June 2009 – Walter Keats, President, Asia Pacific Travel Ltd.: "U.S.-North Korean Relations"
  • February 2009 – Bill Spence, Managing Director, China Practice, Freeborn and Peters: "Problems and Pitfalls on Investing in China."
  • August 2008 – John Mroz, President of the East-West Institute: "Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalism"
  • July 2008 – Alex Adamovich, Managing Director, Equity Partners LLC (Private Equity Investment Company focused on China and Asia), and former Director of Private Equity, Peregrine, HK.
  • June 2008 – Mohammad Farhandi, former Energy Director for Asia Pacific Region, World Bank: "Global Energy Prospects"
  • March 2008 – Jack Perkowski, Chairman, ASIMCo Technologies and author, Managing the Dragon:  Doing Business in China

Membership in the GBR is based on an annual subscription fee.  For further information, please contact David Wendt at (307) 733-3404 or