You’re invited… Join us quickly after work for a thought-provoking discussion and business networking on a major foreign policy/economics topic and how it could influence your business internationally.
This event is part of our small group Business Briefings series which adds a deeper level of discussion to our gatherings. We draw inspiration from experts and articles in well-established publications and build on these by delving deeper into how foreign relations and geopolitical developments could influence our businesses/the global economy.
Let’s draw on the wealth of knowledge within our IBCircle to gain valuable perspectives. What developments should we be aware of? What initiatives are on the horizon? And what challenges and opportunities will these be creating for business across the globe? What can we learn? Find out! Powerful insights and lively, cordial and stimulating discussions for sure!
Our Special Guests & Discussion Leaders for this evening:
Sergey Vladimirovich Petrov, Consul General Of The Russian Federation, San Francisco
Deborah Palmieri, Honorary Consul General Of The Russian Federation in Colorado
Mr. Sergey V. Petrov was born in Moscow in 1962. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1986 and the same year joined diplomatic service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR.
Sergey Petrov’s first assignment was at the Embassy of the USSR in Afghanistan. Upon completion of his tour of duty he worked at various posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1995 he was appointed to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA, specializing on Congressional affairs and interparliamentary exchanges.
Since 1999 he worked in Moscow at the office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgiy Mamedov, in 2002-2003 as the head of his office. In 2003 he was appointed to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada, where he soon reached the position of Minister-Counselor and worked there for 8 years. Since 2011 he served as Deputy Director of North American Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
On March 5, 2013 Sergey Petrov assumed the duties of Consul General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco. Mr. Petrov speaks English, as well as Farsi and French. He is married and has an adult son.
Dr. Deborah A. Palmieri
Dr. Deborah Anne Palmieri is founder and president of Deb Palmieri Russia LLC, a management consulting firm. The firm specializes in providing clients with superior expertise on all aspects of business with Russia, including strategy, problem-solving, risk minimization, corporate training, feasibility studies and special projects. Dr. Palmieri is also Honorary Consul General of Russia in the State of Colorado. She served as president and CEO of The Russian-American Chamber of Commerce® (headquartered in Denver) from 1994 to early 2007.
For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Palmieri has undertaken the mission of expanding U.S.-Russian business and trade and fostering a positive business climate. She has written countless articles, organized hundreds of meetings and has brought private companies and public officials together in pursuit of U.S.-Russian economic cooperation. She is experienced in diplomatic back channeling, problem-solving and conflict resolution between Russian and Western entities at the highest levels. Dr. Palmieri’s initiatives and approaches have opened doors and solved problems for corporations and projects over several decades. Her goodwill, win-win and behind-the-scenes approaches and reputation for integrity and excellence have proven to be unique assets in confidence building and producing successful results and outcomes.
Dr. Palmieri is the co-author or editor of five books, including Russia and the NIS in the World Economy: East-West Investment, Financing and Trade; The U.S.S.R. and the World Economy; and The Dynamics of Soviet Foreign Policy. She is editor of a 5-volume set, The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Doing Business with Russia, a definitive guide on business with Russia.
Dr. Palmieri holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a Master’s from the University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
ABOUT OUR MODERATOR FOR THIS SERIES OF EVENTS
Paul Kullman is President of Business Beyond Borders, a strategic business consultancy that assists companies to successfully trade and invest around the world. Since 1998, Paul has served in Beijing, São Paulo, Brussels and Guadalajara as a Commercial Diplomat for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2014, he began working at Commerce’s office in Denver where he gave export advice to local companies in a number of sectors, including optics and photonics, education & training, publishing & media, and financial & investment services. Paul has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and managed four private companies in the trade, education, art and real estate sectors. He holds a BA in journalism from San Diego State University, an MA in international relations from San Francisco State University and another MA in political science from George Washington University. Paul speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Swedish and English.