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February 18, 2021 ~ 7:00 PM EST

Dr. Ednilson Bernardes

Professor, Supply Chain Management, Program Coordinator, Global Supply Chain Management John Chambers College of Business & Economics, West Virginia University.

Supply Chains in the Age of COVID

E. BernardesPROGRAM ABSTRACT:  The presentation will focus on the central concept behind the book “Digital Supply Networks, Transform your Supply Chain and Gain Competitive Advantage with Disruptive Technology and Reimagined Processes.”  With new technological developments evolving rapidly, supply networks’ digitalization is about to make an exponential leap forward.  We will explore the concept of the entirely digitized and end-to-end connected supply network and its impact on organizations, industry, and economies globally.  How digital supply networks differ from traditional supply chains?  We have been integrating, deploying technology, and automating supply chain activities for quite some time now, right?  What is different?  Why does it matter, and how can it impact workers, organizations, society, and global economies?

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY:  Dr. Ednilson Bernardes is a Professor of supply chain management and a program coordinator at West Virginia University (WVU).  He founded the Global Supply Chain Management Program at WVU.  Before academia, he worked in military transport aviation and the innovative aerospace industry.  He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Science degree in Operations, Innovation, and Technology Management.  His main research interest includes supply network innovation, competitive dynamics, and digital transformation.  He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.  His research appears in the top empirical journals publishing studies in his field, including Strategic Management Journal, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Supply chain Management, and Journal of Business Logistics, among many others.  Besides research, he has co-authored various books, including Digital Supply Networks: Transform your Supply and Gain competitive advantage with Disruptive Technology and Reimagined Processes.  He has interacted with and led or facilitated innovation and performance improvement initiatives in large organizations including quality, logistics, and process flow issues.  These organizations include Toyota, West Virginia University Hospitals, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  He has also served on the Board of Directors of government authorities and other organizations and advised government organizations on supply chain issues.

READ THE BOOK:  Amit Sinha, Ednilson Bernardes, Rafael Calderon, Thorsten Wuest Digital Supply Networks: Transform Your Supply Chain and Gain Competitive Advantage with Disruptive Technology and Reimagined Processes 1st Edition; McGraw-Hill Education, 1st edition (July 13, 2020)




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US World Affairs Councils are offering our Members Real-time Analysis through Free & Fee Webinars 

Continuing this Spring, Members can stay engaged & participate in various FREE & FEE Virtual Webinars offered by US World Affairs Councils. Both FREE & FEE Virtual Opportunities are listed below and updated weekly simply follow the links to register. ~ Stay Tuned & Happy New Year!

Featured Events

12th Annual HBCU Foreign Policy Conference

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On February 25-26, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Global Public Affairs welcomes Historically and Predominately Black Colleges and Universities to its 12th Annual HBCU Foreign Policy Conference. The agenda will feature senior State Department officials, foreign policy discussions, career and scholarship info.

During the #HBCUsatState Alumni Panel, speakers will present their career journeys to the Department of State. These department officials will share inspiring stories and moments of encouragement that have led them to pursue careers in the foreign or civil service. They will also share insider tips, employability skills, and potential opportunities for current HBCU students to take advantage of.


EU Medium-Term Economic Outlook: Vaccine and New Policy Developments Fuel Optimism

February 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET

As the global economy emerges from the pandemic, the EU has launched an ambitious Recovery Plan that will underpin strong growth and a green, digital transformation.

With the pace of vaccine distribution set to increase steadily over the coming months and a Brexit deal on the books, there is good reason to be optimistic about the future. Although the second wave of the pandemic will inevitably delay the recovery of the EU economy, green shoots are beginning to show and the outlook for the second half of 2021 looks rosy.

WACA is partnering in this event with the European Union, the European American Chamber of Commerce New York, and the Business Council for International Understanding.


February 22
Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Daniel Alpert, Founding and Managing Partner at Westwood Capital, for “The Global Economy in a Post Covid-19 World.” 
February 23
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Anja Manuel, Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum, for “This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author and producer Ira Rosen to discuss his book Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Scott Jasper, Lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School Department of National Security Affairs, for “How Should the U.S. Respond to Foreign Hacking Operations?”  
Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Michael O’Hanlon, Director of Research at Brookings Institution, for “Restructuring Security Alliances for Future Challenges.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Stephen Morrison, Senior VP for Health Programs at CSIS, for “COVID-19: Vaccine Rollout & Worrisome Variants.” 
World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Elizabeth Lawrence, Assistant Professor of History at Augustana College, for “ East Asia and the Olympic Games.” 
World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Michael Thomas, Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College, for “A Webinar on Cybersecurity.” 
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Paul Pillar, Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, for “The United States and Iran: What Will the Next Four Years Hold?” 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, Fellow at the Institute of Korean-American Studies, for “Dealing with a Nuclear North Korea.” 
Haiti: The Path to a Stronger Democracy
Bocchit Edmond, Ambassador of Haiti to the U.S.
February 24

Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring 10 Years On.  2:00 PM ET

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall will host Linda Robinson, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy, and Paul Amar, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, to discuss what movements burgeoned, which ideas took hold, where things failed and how the outlook is as we step into the Biden era 10 years on from the Arab Spring.

World Affairs Council of Maine & United States Institute of Peace 7:00 PM ET

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts Paul Angelo, Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Roy Norton, Former Consul General of Canada and adjunct professor Balsillie School of International Affairs, for “Global Perspectives on the New U.S. Administration: Latin America and Canada.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Linda Robinson, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy, and Paul Amar, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, for “Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring 10 Years On.” 
World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, for “Iran Deal: Revive, Renegotiate or Reject?” 
Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs hosts Matthew Kroenig, Director of the Global Strategy Initiative at the Atlantic Council, for “The Return of Great Power Rivalry.” 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S., for “The Middle East From Kurdistan’s Perspective.” 
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts James Goldgeier, Brookings Senior Visiting Fellow, and Emma Ashford, Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, for “Returning to the Global Community: Breaking Down Biden’s Foreign Policy.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a panel of experts for “The Russian Disruption: Assassination at Home and Abroad.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts “White House Insiders Tour and Launch Party.” 
February 25
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts David O’Sullivan, former European Union Ambassador to the United States, for “The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman to discuss his book Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Rebecca MacKinnon, Founding Director of Ranking Digital Rights, for “Digital Rights and Privacy in an Age of Disinformation.” 
World Affairs Council of Albuquerque hosts Rose Gottemoeller, Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University, for “Challenges for Arms Control.” 
World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Melissa Griffith, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, for “Emerging Technologies and Great Power Competition.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts journalist Ioan Grillo to discuss his book Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels.  
WorldDenver hosts Shanthini Naidoo to discuss her book Women Surviving Apartheid’s Prisons
World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Roberta Seret, Founder of International Cinema Education, for “Toni Erdmann.” 
World Affairs Council of Tennessee hosts Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, for “Global Town Hall: Iran and the Nuclear Deal.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts the Honorable Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Member of Parliament in Ghana, for “AFCFTA: Meet the World’s Largest Free Trade Area.” 
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Professor Richard Lobban, Rhode Island College, for “Mapping the Slave Trade: A Cartographic History of Slavery.” 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Michael Marsicano, President and CEO of Foundation for The Carolinas, for “Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19, Racial Justice, and the Future of Our Community.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts journalist Karen Coates and Jessica Onsurez, award-winning news director, for “Democracy’s Hidden Infrastructure.”  
February 26
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Antony DSouza, Senior Vice President and the Regional Manager of DNVG, for “Global Connections: Outlook for the Global Maritime Industry.” 
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Doug Rogers, Director Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Yale University, for “Russian Oil in the Far North: Culture, Companies, and Climate.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Maurice Hobson, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, for “The Black Middle Class: A Myth?” 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Laurie Bergner, Clinical Psychologist, for “Ethiopia’s Hamar Tribe: Way of Life and Cultural Traditions.” 
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts a panel of experts for “International Education and COVID-19.” 


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