Business and Global Affairs Conference

Best Practices for Cross-Sectoral Partnership


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Business casual
Date: December 1, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Location: Fisher Colloquium, Rafik B. Hariri Building
Georgetown University


8:30 – 9:15BreakfastInformal breakfast before event
9:15 – 9:30Welcome remarksPaul Almeida (Dean of the McDonough School of Business) and
Joel Hellman (Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service)
9:30 – 10:30Opening plenaryCorporate leaders discuss cross-sectoral partnership within public policy & global affairs:

Paul Tagliabue (C’62), Former Commissioner of the NFL
Dan Bryant, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Walmart
Ravi Aurora, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Mastercard
Paul Disselkoen, Senior Associate, Public Affairs, PayPal
Paul Freedman (L’96), Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, AES
Sally Gilligan (B’94), Chief Supply Chain, Strategy, and Transformation Officer, Gap, Inc.
Xavier Vargas, President, Cargill Protein – Latin America
10:30 – 10:40Coffee break 
10:40 – 11:30Discussion groupsAES, Cargill, and the Gap project discussions (separate breakout rooms)

AES // Room: Hariri 240
Navigating the Energy Transition in a Changing Regulatory Landscape
Cargill // Room: Hariri 250
Unleashing the Power of Animal Agriculture as a Development Tool in Central America
The Gap, Inc. // Room: Hariri 360
Title: The Impact and Sustainability of Gender-Based Policy
11:30 – 11:40Coffee break 
11:40 – 12:30Discussion groupsAllianz, Mastercard, and PayPal project discussions (separate breakout rooms)

Allianz // Room: Hariri 240
Current and Future Landscape of US-German Business Relations and Implications for Co-Creation Efforts
Mastercard and // Room: 250
Data for a More Inclusive World
Supporting materials: Market Overview Memo (new window) and Industry Landscape Analysis Excel Sheet (new window).
PayPal // Room: 360
The Small Business Digital Alliance: Rising to the Challenge, Seizing the Opportunity
12:30 – 1:15Luncheon 
1:15 – 2:30Discussion groupWalmart projects discussion (combined room)

Walmart PolicyLab // Room: Fisher Colloquium
– Project 1: Re-envisioning Corporate Political Engagement: “People-Powered Policymaking”
 – Project 2: “SDG 33” – What is the role of the private sector in building cross-sectoral partnerships to strengthen public institutions?

Shark tank-type discussion between the students and three SDG16 experts:
April Snedeker (MSFS’17), Anti-Corruption Program Advisor, U.S. Department of State
Frank Brown, Director, Anti-Corruption & Governance Center, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Gary Kalman, Executive Director, Transparency International-United States
2:30 – 2:40Coffee break 
2:40 – 3:40Closing plenaryPanel with senior directors of public policy, government affairs, and international relations

Welby Leaman, Senior Director, Global Policy Strategy, Walmart
Paul Disselkoen, Senior Associate, Public Affairs, PayPal
Trevor Gunn, Vice President, International Relations, Medtronic
Stephanie Lester, Vice President, Head of Government Affairs, Gap, Inc.
Nick Lovegrove, Academic Director, Executive MBA Program, Georgetown University
Mark Miller, Director, Government Relations, AES
Anne Murphy, Senior Director, International Government Affairs, Cargill
Andrew Stevens, Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Allianz
3:40 – 5:00Closing receptionInformal gathering after event