The International Business Center hosts distinguished speakers and discussions on topics related to social and sustainable economic development worldwide. It also hosts networking and social events for students.

Fundraising for Afghan Refugees: Pumpkin Painting and Fall Treats

October 21st, 2021 

The Center for International Business sponsored a fall fundraising event for Afghan refugees who have recently come into Chicago on October 21st. International Business Society partnered with Women in Business for the event which included pumpkin painting and fall treats!




Tips and Tricks with Kelly Teague on Job Searches

October 13th, 5:30 pm

Kelly Teague is a campus recruiter from Northwestern Mutual who shared her insights on resumes, what recruiters are looking for in candidates, and how to prepare for an interview.  Kelly is responsible for developing quality relationships with students, faculty, and staff on our local college campuses. Her passion is helping college students and young entrepreneurs unlock their potential, develop new skills, build their confidence, and become the best professional versions of themselves.

Graphic for Kelly Teague event

Meet and Greet with the International Business Society

September 29, 2021

Students dropped in to meet IBS Board members and Professor Cinar for an evening of conversation. Current board members and new members were able to socialize and learn more about upcoming events and network.


Business Writing Workshop with Dr. Chamberlin

April 7, 2021 at 4 p.m.

The International Business Society presented our "Business Writing Workshop" with Dr. Julie K. Chamberlin. Dr. Chamberlin is a Loyola University Chicago English lecturer, and we were so excited to hear her talk about the Do's and Don'ts for business writing.


Virtual Workshop: Working Abroad

March 31, 2021 at 4 p.m.


Ricci Scholars Open House Event

February 22, 2021 


9th Annual Quinlan International Thanksgiving Event

November 26, 2020

The Center for International Business celebrated its traditional Thanksgiving Dinner virtually this year due to the pandemic. It was held jointly with The International Business Society, where four student board members shared facts about their countries in the presentations linked below.

Click on the links below to see the presentations on "10 Things You want to Know About My Country"!

Q&A with Consul of Economic Affairs, Mexico

November 19, 2020

Rocio A. Rivera Barradas, Consul of Economic Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, gave an overview of Mexico-US trade relations, the implications of the new USMCA and how it was updated from NAFTA. She also spoke about Mexico-Illinois trade and the primary exports and imports to each other.

 Click Here for Summary Slides


Covid-19's Impact on International Design and Manufacturing Industry

August 27 2020

Watch Recording of Event Here

A conversation featuring Brian Maite, MBA, AUA, MEIS, Architect and Director of Commercial Sales, Comtech Lighting, a Leviton Company, and Professor Mine Cinar, Director of the Center for International Business at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. 


International Business and the Technology Industry

November 26, 2019

The Center for International Business and the International Business Society held an information session with Mauro Mandara, the Senior Vice President of Distribution for STMicroelectronics. Mauro Mandara is responsible for $1 billion of revenue annually. He has done business all around the world including, Europe, The Middle East, North America, South America, Russia, and Asia.

8th Annual Quinlan International Thanksgiving Dinner

November 22, 2019

Graduate and undergraduate Quinlan students alike came together for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a symbol of gratitude and friendship. Ten students shared facts about one another's countries in an entertaining presentation called "Get to Know My Country."

Center for International Business annual Thanksgiving dinner 2019

Center for International Business annual Thanksgiving event speaker

Argentinian Agricultural Sector and International Trade

November 12, 2019

The International Business Society and the Center for International Business held an information session with Beatriz Vivas, the Consul General at the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago. Beatriz is a lawyer and a senior career diplomat, and served 25 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also worked in commercial and cultural diplomacy in Bolivia and Austria. She shared with us her work regarding Argentina’s trade with the U.S. and EU.

Center for International Business Argentinian Agricultural events

Center for International Business Argentinian Agricultural event group photo from 2019

Meet and Greet with the International Business Society

September 19, 2019

Students dropped in to meet IBS Board members and Professor Cinar for an evening of conversation. There was information about networking and new opportunities for the semester. 

Center for International Business meet and greet with the International Business Society 2019


Past Events, 2017-19


April 25th, 2019

The International Business Society held a BigTalk tabling booth to get people to talk to one another, “skip the small talk,” and engage in meaningful conversation. BigTalk is a movement started by Kalina Silverman. Students passed out BigTalk question cards and mints for students and staff to use as a conversation starter. Professors, campus security guards, students, and visitors alike stopped by take part.

Developing Cultural Agility as a Professional Skill 

April 9th, 2019

Dr. Peter T. Bürgi, an anthropologist and intercultural specialist who works for TASCA Global, one of the leading providers of talent solutions for cultural agility, discussed the extensive psychological research behind and the competency model of cultural agility, together with a practical framework for how to develop this skill. Students and faculty learned about how to develop cultural agility – the ability to quickly, comfortably, and effectively work in different countries and with people from different cultures. 

Economic Impact of the US-China Trade Conflict on North America and Developing Asia with Bart Édes

March 20th, 2019

Bart W. Édes, a public policy and international development specialist, who presently serves as the North American Representative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), discussed how trade affects the China-U.S. economic relations and other economic partners around the world. Students and faculty learned about the economic impact of the US-China Trade Conflict on North America and developing Asia.

General Body Meeting with Guest Speaker Angela Liu

March 12th, 2019

Angela Liu, a Program Advisor from IES Abroad, visited the International Business Society to speak about the importance of the global perspective in the workplace. She conducted a workshop regarding how students can leverage their international experience in job interviews and notified students about sponsored internship opportunities for international students and international internships for US students.


US Visa Information Session

February 18th, 2019

The Center for International Business, the International Business Society and the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) co-hosted a US Visa Information Session outlining the process of obtaining OPT and CPT visas for international students. Molly Jordan and Ryan Radebaugh from the Office of International Programs at Loyola University Chicago gave a comprehensive presentation and Q&A session. The presentation was followed by a panel of international alumni, Simone Festa, Alejandra Jimenez, and Lina Lee, who successfully went through the process themselves and obtained employment at Deloitte, Morningstar and Northern Trust, respectively, after graduating from Loyola University Chicago. They shared their experiences and offered advice to students regarding their job search for employers who are willing to sponsor their visas.

Below is a link to the US Visa presentation provided by the Molly Jordan and Ryan Radebaugh.

2019 US Visa Info Session - PPT

Valentine's Day Roses Fundraiser

February 14th, 2019

The International Business Society sold roses and Valentine’s gifts at the Schreiber Center lobby on Valentine's Day. Students and faculty could buy a rose for a friend, a loved one, or to a resident at a nursing home. After the sale, the International Business Society brought the roses attached with little notes to the nursing home residents at Water Tower Nursing & Home Care.

An Exploration on the Feasibility of Central Bank Digital Currencies with Dr. Paola Boel

November 27th, 2018

Dr. Paola Boel gave a speech about digital currencies and the Swedish Central Bank. She discussed how Sweden became an almost cashless society and whether the central bank should ensure digital accounts in commercial banks. She gave several alternatives as to central bank behavior on digital currency accounts and their impact on commercial banks and the Swedish economy.

7th Annual Quinlan International Thanksgiving Dinner

November 18th, 2018

Graduate and undergraduate Quinlan students alike came together for a traditional American dinner, an emblem of friendship and unity. Students shared hidden facts about one another's countries in an entertaining presentation called "Ten Things You Didn’t Know About My Country."


Fireside Chat with Mike Hora

October 30th, 2018

Former Senior Vice President of A.T. Kearney, Mike Hora, shared insights to budding consultants and those interested in an international career. We learned about the ins and outs of being a distinguished professional in international business and received life lessons about exposing ourselves to diverse opinions. 




International Business Case Study Competition

October 11-13, 2018

Huge congratulations to our Quinlan finalists at the International Business competition at San Diego State University! Student group, "4 Aces," Emma Houser, Umar Ali, Killian Drouse and Michael Gross, came together with other undergraduate business students from across the nation to compete in solving an international business case. 

Trade Matters: Discussions from the Korean Perspective

October 19th, 2018

Korean Minister Counselor, Mr. Han-Koo Yeo, spoke with students about the importance of trade for the Republic of Korea. We discussed recent negotiations, such as the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement, and its implications for the future.




Goodbye Potluck Dinner

May 5th, 2018

Saying a farewell to everyone who helps make the Center for International Business' events run smoothly. Thank you to Eydie Appleton, Ramakanth Tallapragada, Nicole Karwowski, Ema Rossi, Professor Cinar, and Jennifer Fernandes. 

Goodbye dinner for center for international business

From Local Signature Dessert to International Bakery: From Chicago Ave to the World!

March 27th, 2018

Marc S. Schulman, President of Eli's Cheesecake, joined us for a sweet discussion over even sweeter desserts. Mr. Schulman gave us the inside scoop on his exciting journey in leading Eli’s Cheesecake presence from Chicago to across the border. Eli's Cheesecake makes up to 15,000 cheesecakes a day and they are sent out world-wide, ranging in destinations from London to Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Schulman went into depth about the challenges and strategies of building his father's restaurant business into the successful brand it is today. He touched on the importance of networking, gave advice to students on international branding, and explained how to weave through the process of shipping products world-wide. 

President of Eli's Cheesecake Presenting to International Business Society

Marc Schulman and International Business Society Board Members

 Marc Schulman and International Business Society

Fireside Chat with Robert Parkinson Jr.             

March 13th, 2018

Mr. Bob Parkinson has extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry after serving as CEO, President, and Chairman for Baxter International Inc. as well as President for Abbott Laboratories. He has also worked as Dean for the Quinlan School of Business and now chairs Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Parkinson joined us for a breakfast meeting and graciously allowed students to pick his brain on topics ranging from his rural, farm upbringing, to life in the C-suite, to the importance of a Loyola Jesuit education. Mr. Parkinson addressed the importance of corporate social responsibility, and updated students on important industry trends.

Blockchain, Bitcoin, and the Future of Cryptocurrency 

February 23rd, 2018

Mr. Russell Rhoads addressed how Bitcoin has influenced market trends, the future of cryptocurrencies, its relevance to central banks, and compared CBOE's future contracts to VIX. Mr. Rhoads is is an instructor for the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He teaches about 90 classes a year and conducts webinars on behalf of the CBOE and a variety of brokerage firms. He is also a Finance Professor at Loyola.

Events 2017

International Insight: Perspectives from a Quinlan Graduate Working Abroad

November 29th, 2017

International Business Society and business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi joined forces to host Simone Festa, recent Loyola alum with a BBA in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Information Systems. He shared his experiences working as a tax consultant for Deloitte in both the US and in Italy. Mr. Festa gave insight on differing cultural and business norms that are important to keep in mind when working abroad.


2017 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 19th, 2017

6th Annual Quinlan International Thanksgiving Dinner where International and American students gathered together to share turkey, cranberries, pie as well as "Ten things you didn’t know about my country.”

Board Thanksgiving Picture with Dr. Cinar

Speech of Chinese Consul General 

October 27th, 2017

Honorable Hong Lei, Chinese Consul General, talked about new developments in China with planned 2050 policies for the future. He also shared his perspective on US-China relations in trade, and answered many questions from the audience.

Global E-Commerce Explosion

October 20th, 2017

Center for International Business hosted Global E-Commerce Explosion with Laurel Delaney, President of Global TradeSource Ltd.

This is the 3rd Annual Global Small Business Forum. Global TradeSource is helping entrepreneurs and small businesses go global since 1985.


Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Chicago

Presentation by James Kornacki, Chief Wine Revolutionary, Ullo on "Devil is in the details : Navigating the complexity of global shipping"

Presentation by Andrea Sreshta, Co-founder, LuminAID on "Global Omni-Channel E-Commerce Marketing"

Presentation by Lil Mohan, Entrepreneur and Academician from University of Chicago Booth on "E-Commerce: Where to focus"

Presentation by Jennifer Bayon, Vice President of International Sales for Paris Presents on "How to create a meaningful digital savvy brand worldwide"

Presentation by Alexander Lans, Founder and CEO, Foal LLC on "Hay is for Horses: Galloping toward global expansion"

International Business Major and Minor 'Meet and Greet'

September 28th, 2017

International Business major students met with IB professors and fellow students.


‌Loyola’s Role in the Changing Dynamic of Higher Education By Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

April 26th, 2017 
Dr. Rooney is the 24th president of Loyola University Chicago and the first lay president in the University's history.  Dr. Rooney addressed the changes in higher education in the past few years and the upcoming trends she foresees in the educational system. She additionaly gave us some insights on how Loyola University Chicago is preparing itself for the future.
Justice For All: A Look at the Life of Chicago Immigrants
April 11th, 2017 
Joe Gietl, is a supervising attorney with the Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) Project. Joe addressed the President’s Executive Orders on immigration, the current status of immigrants in Chicago, the Know Your Rights campaign as well as how to get involved with National Immigrant Justice Center. Joe was most recently an ILD staff attorney, providing help desk screenings and legal representation for non-detained immigrants at the Chicago Immigration Court. Throughout law school, Joe worked at NIJC as a paralegal and BIA accredited representative with the VAWA/U Visa Pro Bono Project, the Post-Asylum Benefits & Citizenship Pro Bono Projects, and the Immigrant Children's Protection Project. Prior to joining NIJC, he worked in Los Angeles, California, as a nonprofit paralegal in the areas of immigration, government benefits, and tenant rights law. Joe received his undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Marquette University and earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

2017 NPH USA TOUR - Nicaragua Dance Group

March 13th, 2017

Since its founding in 1954, NPH has assisted more than 18,000 children and is currently raising more than 3,200 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. An additional 1,900 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals and health care. Outreach programs serve more than 100,000 people each year.

Children at NPH homes – called pequeños – are not available for adoption. Instead they are welcomed with their brothers and sisters and become a part of the larger NPH family. Many have suffered physical and/or verbal abuse, lived in horrible conditions, been separated and shuffled from place to place. Like all children, they are seeking love and security, a place they can call home.

NPH USA transforms the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the homes, healthcare, and educational programs of NPH. Together, NPH creates families for life and teach children the values of unconditional love, shared responsibility and helping others.


Chicago’s Future for Global Initiatives

Feb 16th, 2017

Ben Berlin, Corporate Engagement Manager at World Business Chicago spoke about how the current political environment influences global business and market trends. Ben currently works at World Business Chicago (WBC) and works with Chicago’s corporate community, local colleges and universities, and civic leaders to help foster partnerships on initiatives and projects that drive inclusive economic growth throughout Chicago. Ben has helped create, develop and host a 2014 Global Water Summit in Chicago. Ben works to further the establishment of relationships with Chicago’s top companies across all industries.

Pre-Valentimes International Business Charity Event

February 13th, 2017

The International Business Society hosted 1064 Co. for their annual charity event. 1064 Co. a B-Corp whos mission is to sell handmade Colombian products and donate 20% of their procceed to 1064 Givers, a non for profit who is dedicated to help strive for better education in Colombian public school by working at the grass root. 1064co.com 1064givers.org 

Past Events, 2014-16

Trade in the Trenches: The Outlook for Free Trade Agreements

November 29th, 2016 

Richard Paullin has been the Executive Director of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, one of the largest and most active groups in the United States, since 1994. In 1987, he was appointed to the Illinois District Export Council (DEC) by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He is currently serving a ninth consecutive term; he has been Chairman of the Illinois DEC since 2000. From April 2004 – April 2005 Mr. Paullin served as the Special Advisor on Manufacturing to the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. In November 2001, he represented the President’s Export Council as a Cleared Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative at the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar. Much of Mr. Paullin’s trading and consulting activities have focused on the Pacific Rim countries, where he specializes in strategic planning, marketing and joint ventures for U.S. clients.

Paullin Paullin 2

‌‌2016 Quinlan International Thanksgiving Dinner

November 20th, 2016 

5th Annual Quinlan International Thanksgiving Dinner where International and American students gathered together to share "ten things you didnt know about my country.

Thanksgiving dinner  

Thanksgiving dinner 2

Thanksgiving dinner 3Thanksgiving dinner 4Thanksgiving dinner 5Thanksgiving dinner 6Thanksgiving dinner 7

Fireside Chat With Alumni Series 

November 8th, 2016 

Mike Hora, Quinlan School of Business Alumni, and Retired Partner and Global Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney. Shared with us his suggestions on how a student should plan their lifetime stages and how to manage their financial portfolios. He talked about the ins and outs of the International Business arena and a summary of his accomplishments at A.T. Kearney. 

Quinlan student place 3rd at NU-CUIBE International Business Case Competition 

November 3rd-6th, 2016

Congratulations Jack Bobruk '18, Nicole Karwowski '18, Hannah Kern '18, Adam Hepp '17 for a job well done and to Dr. Mine Cinar for preparing the team for competition!

The three day competition, gave students the opportunity to showcase their international business knowledge, hone their analytical capabilities, sharpen critical thinking, utilize presentation skills and apply what they have learned in the classroom in an intellectually demanding and highly competitive setting.

This year's competition winners are: Villanova (1st), University of San Diego (2nd), Loyola Chicago (3rd) and Canisus (4th). 15 universities and colleges participated in this year's competition including teams from American University, Brigham Young, Florida International, James Madison, University of Hawaii and Washington State.


Country Risk and Your Career Path

October 18th, 2016

Hassan Akmal, M.B.A., M.P.H., Director of Business Career Services, and Chelsea Donahue, B.A., M.B.A., Assistant Director of Business Career Services: Employer Outreach and Relations from Business Career Services shared with us their personal and professional experiences of doing an internship and global job search. They provided many useful resources and links to get jobs both at home and abroad. They also took questions and provided suggestions on career path based on students' backgrounds in the Q&A session. 





International Business Major Meet and Greet

October 6th, 2016

International Business major students met with IB professors and fellow students.

Managing Political Uncertainty - The Case of Brexit

September 16th, 2016

On September 16th Dr. Richard I. Lauf, Board Chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Council on World Affairs, shared with us his experiences and views on how multinationals react to global risks such as the Brexit case. After discussing the Brexit case, Dr.Lauf highlighted multiple steps to use when approaching such uncertainties so that one is able to make strategic decisions in international business.‌



Movie night: Poverty, Inc.

April 19th, 2016  

Poverty Inc., an award-winning documentary, explored free aid versus entrepreneurship support of local small businesses.

‌‌Crowdfunding 101

Mar 31, 2016

Mr. Jordan Fishfeld, CEO of PeerRealty, a premier real estate crowdfunding platform, gave a brief introduction to what crowdfunding is and how it is growing in today’s market.  


My Experience Developing a Nonprofit Organization

‌‌February 4, 2016

Mr. Kevin Duda, programs director and fundraiser, shared his experiences creating a nonprofit organizaiton and discussed topics such as fund-raising in nonprofit organization, life being a volunteer, and the sustainable development of the nonprofit organization. 


2015 Quinlan International Thanksgiving Dinner

November 22, 2015

International students and American student had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner together while hearing students from China, India, Haiti, Italy, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and the United States talk about "Ten things you don't know about my country".





Economics Alumini: John Iberle

November 17, 2015

Mr. John Iberle, Economics Alumini, gave a lecture to Quinlan students. He talked about 'Why are we studying business" from a perpective of real estate. He also shared his own experiences to students who want to enter in real estate industry.

Chinese Consul General

October 13, 2015

Honorable Weiping Zhao, Chinese Consul General, talked about current Chinese economy. He shared respectives on current Chinese economic situation, international relationships and future economy development issues and answered many questions.

Australian Consulate 

April 7th, 2015

Honorable Victoria Walker and Chief investment officer Chris Knepler discussed the current and future state of trade in Australia. They fielded questions on many topics including immigration, investment strategies, and long term plans for growth.


Italian Consulate Breakfast

March 31st, 2015

Trade commisioner Matteo Picariello discussed trade and investment in Italy and various Italina inventions and products. Mr. Picariello and students discussed the many aspects involved in the exportation and importation of goods.

International Thanksgiving dinner

November 23rd, 2014

International graduate students, American undergraduate students, and Quinlan professors ate a pre-Thanksgiving dinner together while hearing presenters from China, Vietnam, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, and the United States speak about their countries.


Lei Sun, from China, discusses travel in his home country.


Shrey Raturi elaborates on the diversity of Indian food and culture.

William Horwitz ‌presents unusual facts about America.

Selay Demir walks the audience through a visit to Turkey.

Amir Alomary talks about the culture in Saudi Arabia.

Giang Ngo explains the culture and natural beauty of Vietnam.

Fireside Chat with Alumni Mike Hora

November 20th, 2014

Mike Hora, CEO of Hora Enterprises and a retired partner and global management consultant at A.T. Kearney, met with students and discussed strategies for success in conducting international business, working as a consultant, and starting a professional life.


3rd Lecture in Trade Series: Financing International Trade and Import, Export Letters of Trade by Chantal Wittman Meier

November 11th, 2014

Vice President of Trade Banking at MB Financial Bank, Chantal Wittman Meier talked about risk, insurance, letters of credit, and international trade to an audience of alumni, faculty, and students. The talk was engaging and there were many questions on the intricacies of international trade finance.




October 21st, 2014

Lectures in Trade Series: International Export and Import Logistics by Larry Bajmakovich 

Larry Bajamkovich, Board Member of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago and Midwest Sales Manager of BDG International, spoke about the logistics of import and export trade within the context of national security, risk, and licensing.




September 30th, 2014

Lectures in Trade Series: Export and Import Trends in the U.S. by Mr. Richard Paullin

Richard Paullin, Chairman of the Illinois District Export Council and Executive Director of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, spoke to students and faculty concerning recent trends in International Trade and Business. Mr. Paullin discussed trade issues concerning cybersecurity, economic development, and trends in international trade.


March 29th, 2014

Workshop on Land and Marine Silk Road Countries: Past, Present, and Future

Researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields came together for a full-day workshop to discuss trends, opportunities, and challenges for doing business along the Land and Marine Silk Road countries.

The morning featured research on Mega-Suez Project in Egypt, sustainable tourism, FDI, trade, risk and micro-credit in various Silk Road countries. The afternoon highlighted business and policy; included were sessions/panels on the present and future of Iran, supply-chain management on the Silk Road, and legal, resource, transportation, and sustainability opportunities and challenges along the Marine Silk Road.

Past Events, 2011-13

November 23rd, 2013

10 Things to Know About My Country International Dinner

International graduate students, American undergraduate students, and Quinlan professors ate a pre-Thanksgiving dinner together while hearing presenters from China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Colombia, and the United States speak about their countries.


Xiaomeng Zhang presents about China's cultural traditions.

Krishnavi Kannan explains India's history and its culture today.

November 22nd, 2013

Lunch with Quinlan Case Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Team Zeitgeist for winning first place in the Quinlan Case Competition! 

November 14th, 2013

Chile: Open for Business

Jillian Rose Bernas, Trade and Investment Advisor for the Trade Commission of Chile, discussed Chile's environment for doing business, economic outlook, and opportunities for investment.‌

November 6th, 2013

Fireside Chat with Alumni Mike Hora

Mike Hora, Loyola alumnus and former partner at A.T. Kearney, spoke with Loyola undergraduates about strategies for achieving success in international business.

‌October 28th, 2013

Interdisciplinary Professors Panel
Dr. Suk Hun Lee, Professor Eve Geroulis, Dr. Ian Lee, Dr. Mine Cinar

Professors from the Quinlan School of Business came together to discuss the impact of political instability on the global environment for doing business. The fields of finance, marketing, management, and economics were represented, and each professor was able to offer a unique perspective from their research and areas of expertise.

Undergraduate student Joe Johnson introduces the speakers.

Professor Suk Hun Lee (finance) discusses the impact of political influence and accountability on sovereign wealth funds.

Professor Eve Geroulis (marketing) discusses the importance of being informed and aware of how political decisions impact business, jobs, and employment.

Dr. Ian Lee (management) discusses the importance of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) for fostering entrepreneurship in their host countries, arguing that the political controversy surrounding them often fails to see these benefits.



April 24, 2013 

A Connecting Business and Sciences Lecture: Water and Energy Nexus in Power Plants 
Dr. Narasimha Rao, Vice President, R&D and Automation Global Water, F&B, and Textile Care, Ecolab Inc., Nalco

The Center for International Business partnered with Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity to host Dr. Narasihma Rao, VP of R&D at Ecolab, to speak with students about the business of water and energy in the Industrial and Institutional space.  He discussed the interdependence between water and energy management: water is needed in the production of energy, energy is needed in the production and management of water.  Efficient water management can result in energy savings by proper management of corrosion, scale and microbiological issues.  Dr. Rao also discussed the importance of innovation in solving customer problems.  He discussed the example of 3D TRASARTM technology for Cooling Water systems, and AquanomicsTM Technology for laundry management as examples that use innovative solutions that combine chemistry, automation, equipment and services to manage water and energy efficiently.  He also discussed how a systematic plant wide approach can be used to reduce water and energy footprint for industrial customers, and discussed the importance of conservation and recycle initiatives, especially in areas of the world with limited water resources. Enclosed is a shortened version of his presentation.

Click here to view Dr. Narashimha Rao's powerpoint presentation.‌

November 28, 2012
How to Do Business in Spain
Maria J Fernandez, Spanish Trade Commissioner
José Briceño, Director - Department of Industry and Technology, Trade Commission of Spain in Chicago

Ms. Fernandez addressed the Center about the state of the Spanish economy following the 2008 financial crisis, and highlighted some of the main industries in the country.  She emphasized the importance of Spain as a major trader with the both the United States and the rest of the world, and discussed how economic reforms following the financial and European debt crises are helping the country to return to economic growth.  She also argued that Spain’s investment in high-tech industries such as biotechnology and clean energy will pay off in the future, allowing the Spanish economy to remain resilient despite its current economic crisis and to achieve sustainable growth in upcoming years.  More information about Spain’s economy and the Spanish Trade Commission can be found here.


November 7, 2012
10 Things to Know About my Country International Dinner
International students enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner while giving a background of the most important things to know for doing business or travelling in their country. 


November 7, 2012
Hoaxes, Scams, and Frauds
Dr. John Binder

April 25, 2012
European Perspectives on Economics and Politics
Mr. Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago 
Mr. Onno Hückmann, Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago
Dr. Patrick Boyle, Associate Provost for Global Initiatives


April 18, 2012
Annual  Fireside Chat : “Consulting Careers in International Business ”
Mr. Michael Hora


April 18, 2012
“The Cooling Climate in China: Is Global Trade on the Brink of an American Revolution?”


February 9,  2012
Operating in Multiple Cultures in a World  Without  Borders
Anita Tang, Royal Roots
Brian Jenkins , AXA and formerly  of  CNN


Nov 15, 2011
Israeli Economy and Political Outlook
Israeli Consul of the Economic Mission, Yariv Becher
Deputy General of the Republic of Israel, Shahar Arieli


September 29, 2011
How to Build Your International Career
Elizabeth Van Groller       


April 27, 2011
The Global and Local Business of Water: Understanding the Issues
Catherine O'Connor,  Assistant Director of the Monitoring and Research Department at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Daniel Injerd,  Chief of the Lake Michigan Management Section for the Office of Water Resources, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Fouad Teymour,  Johnson Polymer Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics at the Illinois Institute of Technology
Mehmet S. Tosun,  Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and a consultant to the Governor’s Office in Nevada for water.


April 13, 2011
Fireside Chat – How to Do International Business in Different Cultures
Mr. Mike Hora       


April 6, 2011
Small Business Loans, Microcredit and Charity
Dr. Mine Cinar


March 1, 2011
Creating Your Own Career Opportunity in the International Arena
Dr. Charles Steilen