Conversations that educate and inspire our constituents as they create vibrant ecosystems of economic activity through their access to real estate, trade services, hospitality, and networking.
14: WTCA's 2021 CIFTIS Interview with Anna Ge, China Plus News
Today's episode of Trade Wins features an interview conducted by Anna Ge, media personality and host of China Plus News regarding the 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS). During his interview, Robin discusses the common goals of the WTCA and CIFTIS as well as the WTCA's role in this year’s CIFTIS, which was held in Beijing, China from September 2-7, 2021. Robin also shares the appeal of participating in CIFTIS, the impact of digitalization on service trade, China's role in the service trade industry, what the WTCA is doing to encourage trade and relationships with China, and his thoughts on China's trade relationship with the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
13: Pura Vida - Costa Rica’s Sustainable Success Story
In this episode, Andres Valenciano, Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Trade, joins Robin as they explore measuring happiness in countries, growth of trade, the impact of conservation and building relationships with other countries to expand trade. Minister Valenciano shares insight on the "Pura Vida" of Costa Rica, their long history of democracy, their recent joining of the OECD and his thoughts on the future of the WTO.
12: UN Academic Impact: A Journey of Engaging Youth and Rethinking Education
Ramu Damodaran, Former Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), is our guest on today's episode. He discusses the UNAI and his role in creating this branch of the United Nations, and updates us on the impact that it is making. Ramu shares how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting students of various age ranges and how it has also provided opportunities for further growth. Ramu concludes with an anecdote by sharing a "Trade Win" that occurred during his career and the power of communication and pragmatism in global trade.
11: The Future of Global Health: How Businesses Advance the SDGs with Science and Global Health Diplomacy
In this episode, WTCA Executive Director-Business Development Robin Van Puyenbroeck speaks with Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEO & COO and Member of the Managing Board, Royal DSM; Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Co-Chair, UHC2030 Committee; Honorary President of the IPU; MEP at the Mexican Congress; and Usama Malik, Former CIO, Pfizer; and current CEO, Fore during the 2021 RELX SDG Inspiration Day held on June 22. Together they discuss the impacts of business and government on the future of global health. They also look at how SDGs play a part in this global impact, and how governments and businesses can work together to achieve these goals.
10: The Future Project: Gen Z Kids Speak Out on the Issues of Today
On today’s episode of Trade Wins, we don’t have one guest but a group of 20 New York elementary school 5th graders who join WTCA Executive Director-Business Development Robin van Puyenbroeck for a discussion on the biggest challenges facing the world today. This class of 2021 – soon-to-be middle schoolers – speak from the heart and shed light on many of the pressing issues faced around the world – from global warming and hunger/poverty to racism and gender inequality.
We are given the opportunity to hear their thoughts on potential solutions to those issues, what they would share with President Biden if they were to meet with him, if they think children should vote and how they would grade adults on how they are taking care of the planet and of working towards a better future for all.
09: Measurement, Social Well-Being and a Way Forward with Roberto Rigobon
Roberto Rigobon, Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is our guest in today's episode which is our seventh and final episode in a special series of interviews conducted as part of the WTCA's General Assembly, held April 26-30, 2021. Roberto's study of measurements is our focus in this episode as he explains their relevance, his "PROMISE" framework for identifying necessary measurements and the four errors often used in measurements. He then provides challenges to help companies see how measurements can affect their decision-making processes and, in return, their profits and the overall well-being of their country and the world. Roberto wraps up the interview with a discussion on inflation and the impacts of COVID-19 on inflation around the world.