34th Annual World Trade Day at Bryant University
Bryant's 34th annual World Trade Day will address global trends
Apr 11, 2019

Contact: Cecilia Cooper | Director, Public Relations | 401-232-6932

SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University will host the 34th Annual World Trade Day – Global Trends: Opportunities and Strategies on Wednesday, May 22. With more than 500 business leaders expected to attend, World Trade Day is one of the region’s largest international business conferences.

World Trade Day 2019 will address some of the pressing issues impacting local companies, with a focus on sharing best practices, highlighting opportunities, and exploring options.

Presented by Bryant University’s John H. Chafee Center for International Business, World Trade Day 2019 will address some of the pressing issues impacting local companies, with a focus on sharing best practices, highlighting opportunities and exploring options. The day will feature more than 40 speakers and include topics such as emerging markets, specific country highlights, trade policy updates, managing global supply chains, strategies for importers, cyber security, and more. 

Remembering Ray Fogarty

World Trade Day 2019 will honor the legacy of the Chafee Center’s former director, Raymond Fogarty '79, who passed away unexpectedly on September 27, 2018. Fogarty founded World Trade Day in 1985, recognizing the need for an event that would bring together business, academic, and government leaders to share strategies and opportunities for growth. This year John Hazen White, Jr., president of TACO, Inc., will present the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Fogarty in recognition of his outstanding contributions promoting international trade and collaboration.

Through his long association with Bryant, first as a student and then an administrator, Fogarty was a devoted Bryant ambassador, cultivating relationships with faculty, students, and leaders throughout the business community. Ray was named Bryant’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1991.

Keynote speakers

World Trade Day offers a powerful slate of keynote speakers who offer valuable perspectives on the global marketplace of the future.


Gilbert Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. department of commerce

Gilbert Kaplan is the opening keynote speaker. Kaplan oversees three major units within the International Trade Administration: Global Markets and the Domestic and Foreign Commercial Service, Industry and Analysis, and Enforcement and Compliance. The International Trade Administration works to promote and protect U.S. interests abroad by promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade at home and abroad through the rigorous enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements.

Kenneth Moyle, Executive Vice President, Coface North America

Kenneth Moyle, executive vice president at Coface North America will be the featured morning speaker. Moyle is a worldwide leader in credit insurance. Moyle manages the underwriting of all credit insurance policies issued in North America and is responsible for the assessment of key trade sectors. He will provide insight on trends in emerging markets as well as a global outlook to help companies plan and effectively manage their global business.  

Amy Celico, Principal, Alrbight Stonebridge Group

Luncheon speaker Amy Celico, a Principal at Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), will give the keynote address on what the future holds for U.S.-China trade. Celico has more than 20 years of experience in the region and leads the China team at ASG, a premier global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm offering perspectives and insights informed by a worldwide network of more than 200 experts. She previously served as Senior Director for China Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives, where she was responsible for developing negotiating positions on issues related to Chia’s non-financial services sectors and intellectual property rights policies.

To learn more and register for World Trade Day, http://worldtradeday.bryant.edu  

The John H. Chafee Center for International Business supports Bryant University's mission of providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education programs through collaborations with faculty and students. Through global market research, corporate training, and strategic consulting, the Chafee Center helps companies get products and services to more customers around the world. The Center assists more than 200 companies each year. 

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 32 states and 66 countries. Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron's. Visit www.Bryant.edu.   

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