Thursday and Friday

November 12 & 13, 2020

9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

2020 Agenda TBA

Below is the Agenda from 2019

9:15 am Welcome
Victor Shiblie – Publisher of The Washington Diplomat
Ambassador Philippe Etienne – Embassy of France

9:35 am U.S. is Open and Welcome
To International Students Caroline Casagrande – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, U.S. Department of State

9:45 am Panel Discussion:
The Ins and Outs Of Student Visas
MODERATOR: Albert Mokhiber, Immigration Attorney,
Lauren Armenise -Visa Policy Analyst U.S. Department of State;
Jennifer Donaghue – Director of International Services and Study Abroad Offices – The George Washington University
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Official, TBA

10:40 am Break & Networking
Dining Hall

11:00 am The Future of Education
Ken Eisner, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

11:10 am Panel Discussion: The Future of Education
MODERATOR: Anna Gawel– Managing Editor, Washington Diplomat;
Ken Eisner– Amazon Web Services (AWS);
Julie Greenwood– EdPlus Vice Dean for Educational Initiatives, ASU;
Grace Suh– Vice President Education, IBM Corporation;
Ina Gjikondi, Executive Director, GWU’s Center of Excellence in Public Leadership

12:05 am Immigrant Success Stories & ASU Global Outreach
Dr. Sanjeev Khagram– Dean, Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Management

12:20 pm Networking Luncheon
Exhibitor Hall

1:35 pm Building Foreign Leaders
Anthony Arend– Professor of Government and Foreign Relations, Georgetown University

1:45 pm Women and STEM
Fionnghuala (Fig) O’Reilly, NASA Datanaut & Miss Universe Ireland;
U.S. Department of State official;
Meighan Stone, Senior Fellow in Women in Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

2:35 pm International Student Trends and Outlook
Mirka Martel PhD- Director, Research, Evaluation and Learning, The Institute of International Education

2:45 pm Break & Networking
Dining Hall

3:00 pm Panel Discussion:
The Embassy Perspective
Moderator Anna Gawel– Managing Editor, Washington Diplomat;
Xinyu Yang– Minister Counselor, Chinese Embassy in USA
Nahlah Al Jubeir– Director, Center for Career Development, Saudi Arabian Culture Mission;
Michael Vallee – Higher Education Officer, Embassy of France

4:00 pm Conclusion / Remarks

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