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A 2-Day Business, Cultural & Networking Event at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

French-American Business Week - Oct 17 & 18

 
After the success of the 2016 and 2017 editions, an enhanced and even more ambitious third edition of the French-American Business Week will take place in Washington, D.C., in the elegant and exclusive setting of the Maison Française inside the French Embassy.
 
This B2B event is organized - under the High Patronage of the Ambassador of France to the United States -  by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to advance fruitful business relationships for its members and support bilateral trade.
 
Sponsors and Exhibitors

French and American companies, institutions and organizations will showcase their products &/or services to a public of international professionals, meet potential clients and partners, network and take advantage of the presence of renowned experts.
 
Combining inspirational keynote speakers, engaging networking events and a valuable showcase of top French and American companies and organizations, this first French American Business Week in Washington, D.C. is a unique opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors to increase their visibility and grow their business while benefiting from the exceptional "Maison Française" located within the French Embassy.
 
The French American Business Week 2018 will address 3 main topics, each being covered during a half-day session:
  • The Future of Transportation
  •  The Future of Aerospace & Defense
  • France is Back! One Year Later, the Macron Effect

Wharton Club Members: Click here to get your complimentary ticket(s)!!!

The event will end with a magnificent and exclusive Champagne reception at the French Ambassador's Residence in Washington, DC. - There is a fee for the reception.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 

  • 8:45-9:00 am     NETWORKING COFFEE
  • 9:00 am  THE HON. MARK R. WARNER, United States Senator from Virginia

OPENING REMARKS

9:15-10:30 am THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

  • PANEL : CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE US-FRENCH COMMERCIAL AVIATION MARKETS
  • Moderated by KEN QUINN
    Partner and Global Chair, Aviation at Baker McKenzie
  • BRIAN HEDBERG
    Director, Office of International Aviation, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • GUSTAVO NADER
    Vice President, Strategy, Thales InFlyt Experience

11:00 am-12:15 pm THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

  • THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION: A GLOBAL AND A LOCAL APPROACH
    PANEL PRESENTED BY KEOLIS
  • CLÉMENT MICHEL
    President and CEO of Keolis North America
  • THOMAS HICKEY
    Chief Development Officer for Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
  • CONGRESSMAN JON C. PORTER
    Former Representative from the US House of Representatives – Nevada
    President/CEO of the Porter Group

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm      NETWORKING LUNCH

2:15-3:30 pm THE FUTURE OF AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

  • PANEL : EMERGING TRENDS IN THE AEROSPACE & DEFENSE INDUSTRY
  • Moderated by HOWARD O. WEISSMAN
    Counsel, Baker McKenzie
  • TIMOTHY GANN
    Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Airbus Americas
  • DAVID GRASSO
    Vice President North American Aerospace & Defense Sector Lead, Capgemini
  • MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. HICKMAN
    United States Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation

4:00-5:15 pm      THE FUTURE OF AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE CHALLENGES OF AEROSPACE

5:30-6:30 pm      CHAMPAGNE DE VIGNERON & CHEESE NETWORKING 

Wharton Club Members: Click here to get your complimentary ticket(s)!!!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 

9:00-9:15 am      WELCOME COFFEE

9:30-11:15 am       SPEED NETWORKING

 DON’T MISS A DYNAMIC AND USEFUL SPEED NETWORKING SESSION.
BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS AND YOUR MOST POSITIVE ATTITUDE!

11:30 am-12:15 pm      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: SCOTT TICKNOR

  ACTING SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE, COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm      LUNCH & NETWORK

1:15 – 2:00 pm      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: AMBASSADOR THOMAS R. PICKERING

 VICE-CHAIR OF HILLS & COMPANY

2:15 – 3:30 pm      THE MACRON EFFECT

  • PANEL : IS FRANCE BACK? ASSESSING THE MACRON REFORM AGENDA & ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESS
  • Moderated by VERONIQUE DE RUGY
    Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • JIMMY BENAUDIS
    Partner and French Business Network Global Head, EY
  • LAURE PALLEZ
    Deputy Economic Counselor, Embassy of France
  • THIERRY TRESSEL
    Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund
  • GARRETT WORKMAN
    Director, European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

4:00 – 5:30 pm      THE MACRON EFFECT

  • PANEL: THE FUTURE OF FRANCO-AMERICAN COOPERATION IN THE ERA OF MACRON AND TRUMP
  • Moderated by PHILIP CROWTHER
    White House Correspondent, France 24
  • H.E. GÉRARD ARAUD
    Ambassador of France to the United States
  • FRANCES G. BURWELL
    Distinguished Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, The Atlantic Council
  • ROBIN SIMCOX
    Margaret Thatcher Fellow, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • KENNETH R. WEINSTEIN
    President and CEO, The Hudson Institute

5:30 pm      H.E. GÉRARD ARAUD, Ambassador of France to the United States

CLOSING REMARKS

7:00 – 9:00 pm       EXCLUSIVE CLOSING RECEPTION “AU CHAMPAGNE DE VIGNERONS” AT THE RESIDENCE OF THE AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE

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When:

Wednesday, 10/17/18 at 9:00am - Thursday at 6:00pm | iCal

Where:

The Embassy of France
4200 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC

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Wharton Club Members: Click here to get your complimentary ticket(s)!!!