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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Beers Bank in Etterbeek, Belgium

Briefing Series: Romanian Protests: A Beacon of Hope for Democracy? 

At a time when democracy is being challenged in several nations in Europe and around the world, an encouraging countermovement has erupted in Romania, a formerly communist nation of 20 million on the Black Sea and an EU member state since 2007. Beginning in January, huge demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people have rocked the capital, Bucharest, and other major cities across the country in what has been widely described as the largest political mobilisation since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989. The rallying point has been simple, direct and, given the country’s history, inspiring: a demand that the government not relax anti-corruption laws. Is the Romanian movement a beacon of hope for people around the world seeking to hold their governments to account? Will it suffice to stamp out the culture of corruption so present in Romania since the fall of Communism?

Join YPFP and our panel of experts for this Briefing Series event examining the recent protest movement in Romania, why it is happening now and where it can possibly lead.

Speakers:
Mr Marian Jean Marinescu, MEP since 2007, is the Vice President of the largest political group in the European Parliament, the European People's Party. Mr Marinescu is the head of the Working Group on Budget and Structural Policies in the EPP and was the MEP of the year in 2014 for Research and Innovation. He is Romanian and member of the Romanian Liberal Party.

Carmen Paun covers health and Romania at Politico Europe in Brussels. Before joining POLITICO, she was a freelancer covering regulatory and international affairs out of the EU capital. She has reported on a wide range of topics, from money laundering to food production to chemicals and terrorism. She holds a bachelor degree in journalism and a bachelor degree in social communication and public relations from the University of Bucharest in Romania.

Tana Foarfa completed a bachelor degree in Political Science at Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master degree in European Studies – EU External Relations specialty. Currently working in the European Commission at DG HR. She is also an associated member of Europuls - Centre for European Expertise where she provides expertise on European and Romanian foreign policy issues through articles, policy briefs and conference organization.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM
FTI Consulting Belgium in Brussels, Belgium

Tools of the Trade: "Is Public Affairs your affair?”, a practical workshop on careers in public affairs

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Join an exclusive career development workshop where we will bust all the myths about lobbying and find out from the industry’s finest what is, and what isn't, Public Affairs consulting.

Whether you are considering a career path in Public Affairs, wish to advance your expertise in interest representation or simply want to learn about a fresh perspective, this is the right workshop for you. Ivana will share tips for entering the industry and give you a sense of how a successful public affairs consultant’s day-to-day looks like. During the practical part, you will step into the shoes of a lobbyist and try for yourself how it is to engage with stakeholders on behalf of various interests and clients.

Ivana Jemelkova is an EU Public Affairs and communication specialist, currently a Senior Director at FTI Consulting’s Brussels office. She helps businesses understand and navigate European policies. Shortlisted among top three ‘Rising Stars’ at the European Public Affairs Awards 2014, Ivana is passionate about innovation, new technologies and sustainability. Prior to joining FTI Consulting in 2010, Ivana worked for the European Commission and a foreign-policy think tank based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 1 rsvp
Near Bryant Park in Manhattan. Specific address sent to confirmed attendees.

YPFP Excursion: Emerging Market Entrepreneurship

Network 20/20 is generously providing 5 discounted slots for YPFP members to its event "Emerging Market Entrepreneurship: Lessons from Around the World."

Come discuss the future of global entrepreneurship in emerging markets with a panel assembled by Network 20/20. Panelists include: Elmira Bayrasli, Co-Founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Paces; Karl Kilb, CEO of Boloro Global Limited; Comfort Paul, Principle at Nurture Invest; and will be moderated by Vincent Mai, Chairman and CEO of The Cranemere Group Limited.

This panel will delve into the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs in emerging markets and look at questions such as: how is technology changing entrepreneurs' ability to conduct business globally? How are governments helping or hindering innovation and business development? Panelists will share their own experiences and take questions from the moderator and audience.

All RSVPs must be received by Monday afternoon, March 27. Members may register by logging into their YPFP accounts below and clicking the RSVP button. Discounted entry to the event is $15 (normally $25), payable to Network 20/20.


Elmira Bayrasli - Elmira has spent the past two decades working on foreign policy, international development, and with startups worldwide and continues to do so today as a writer, speaker, consultant, lecturer, and co-founder.

In 2013, Elmira co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an education and media startup dedicated to increasing female foreign policy voices in the written and electronic press.

She is a visiting fellow at the New America Foundation, and a lecturer at New York University. Her book, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places was released on September 8, 2015 (published by Public Affairs). It is a book that looks at the growth of innovation beyond Silicon Valley, focusing on talented individuals around the world who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to lead high-growth businesses.

In 2002, Elmira left a job in New York’s private sector for Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where she served as the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000 Elmira was a presidential appointee at the State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively.

From 2011-2013, Elmira wrote about global innovations and entrepreneurship in a weekly column entitled, Entreventures, on Forbes.com and she has contributed to the New York TimesWall Street JournalReutersForeign AffairsVentureBeatThe Huffington Post, and MIT’s Innovations Journal. In 2010, she co-authored a study for Pakistan’s Planning Commission on entrepreneurship, entitled: “Creating a Place for the Future.”

Karl Kilb - Karl joined Boloro Global Limited as the CEO on October 1, 2016, bringing vast, worldwide experience in the financial markets, including secure, electronic transactions, as well as negotiation of multi-billion-dollar agreements.

Karl spent most of his career at Bloomberg LP, including more than 15 years as the General Counsel. Karl understands how to develop and monetize content, applications and technology. At Bloomberg, Karl built and managed a global Legal and Compliance Department that supported all aspects of Bloomberg’s worldwide businesses, including data, news, software, telecom and electronic trading. Karl was also a founding principal of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, the company’s electronic agency brokerage firm, and Bloomberg’s Risk Manager, overseeing all insurance coverage.

Karl co-founded N2 Global Solutions, Inc., a New York City-based technology company, in 2014 and served as President/CEO until September, 2016.

Prior to becoming a lawyer in 1995, Karl was a broadcast journalist with CNBC, Financial News Network, 1010 WINS Radio and Bloomberg.

Karl regularly lectures on legal, business development and entrepreneurial issues, including at the Fordham University School of Law, where he is Chairman / Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurial Law Advisory Council.

A native New Yorker and resident of NYC with his wife, Alexis Christoforous, and their three children, Karl graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and from the Fordham University School of Law with a focus on intellectual property and securities regulations. Karl is also involved with a number of charities, the Boy Scouts and Travel Baseball.

Vincent Mai - Vincent is the Chairman and CEO of Cranemere, LLC since the firm was founded in January 2012. Cranemere is a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle market companies globally. Prior to joining Cranemere, Vincent was at AEA Investors from 1989 to the end of 2011. He joined AEA as CEO and became Chairman in 1998. AEA is one of the oldest private equity firms in the U.S, focused on implementing successful operating improvements in its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining AEA, Vincent was a managing director of Lehman Brothers, then a leading Wall Street investment banking firm with global operations, where he was employed since 1976. He started his professional career in 1965 at S.G. Warburg and Co., Ltd., a London-based merchant banking firm. After moving to New York in 1969 to work on Warburg's US business, he joined the firm's board of directors in 1973. Vincent is currently chairman of the Board of Sesame Workshop and also serves on many boards including the Juilliard School and the University of Cape Town Fund. For 10 years during the 1990’s, Vincent was a director of The Carnegie Corporation of New York and Fannie Mae.

Comfort Paul  - Comfort is a Principal at Nurture Invest which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and specializes in private equity investments mainly in Zimbabwe but also Southern and East Africa. He is responsible for analysis of private equity investments in Africa, executing transactions, fundraising in the U.S. market, and monitoring Nurture Invest's portfolio performance. Previously, Comfort worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Perennial Investment Partners in Australia, then as a Senior Analyst in the Transaction Services Department at Deloitte, Australia and as an Analyst in the Corporate Finance/Transaction Services Departments at PricewaterhoouseCoopers' St Kitts and Zimbabwe offices.


Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM
TBC in Brussels, Belgium

Discussion Group - EU Foreign Policy and related issues - "The Future of Europe - What's next?"

WHAT: Discussion Group - EU Foreign Policy and related issues - "The Future of Europe - What's next?"
WHERE: TBC
WHO: YPFP Members 

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The EU has been rapidly changing in recent years. Issues such as the Euro crisis, the migration crisis, the growth of Euroscepticism(s) and populism and the prospect of Brexit have all taken their toll on the EU as a whole. The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the White Paper by the European Commission on the Future of Europe make it more than clear that the EU has come to a crossroads and needs now to think about the way ahead. But what is indeed the right way forward? More Europe or less Europe? How can young Europeans engage, what do national politicians need to do, and what do the European institutions need to do?

YPFP started as a small group of young people getting together to discuss foreign policy issues. We have now become an incredible organization with hundreds of members in Washington DC, London, Brussels and elsewhere. In a world of rapidly changing political landscapes, it is now even more crucial to engage, foster debates, and develop new ideas.

We believe it is time to provide a forum where our members can get together and express their own views. We would love you to join us in this exciting new initiative and discuss on "the Future of Europe - What's next?" with us! We will provide registered participants with some articles/reading material before the meeting to provide some food for thoughts.

This will be a great opportunity for you to exchange views on current foreign affairs issues in an informal and supportive setting: come along to meet new friends, build on your knowledge and hone your debating skills!

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.


Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 07:00 PM

CTWG Pop-up Discussion: The London Attack and Persistent Asymmetric Threats

On Wednesday, March 22, a solo actor drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before slamming into the northern perimeter fence of the UK Parliament. Wielding a knife, he then fatally wounded a police officer before being stopped by police gunfire. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) went on to claim the attacker as one of its “soldiers.”

Paris, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, and now London. These events have prompted states of emergency, security reviews, reactionary violence against minorities, and the rise of far-right groups in Europe.

Join YPFP’s Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) for a NextGen discussion assessing the consequences of these attacks on Western Europe and methods to respond to and prepare for emerging and evolving asymmetric threats.

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Monday, April 03, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 8 rsvps

Introduction to the Foreign Service

Please join YPFP and the New School's Milano School of International Affairs as we host Usha Pitts, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for the New York area to learn about the hiring process to become a Foreign Service Officer, Foreign Service Specialist, Diplomatic Security Agent, Consular Fellow, or civil servant.

America's diplomats are selected every year from the approximately 15,000 people who take The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). The Test is offered three times a year and is open to American citizens between the ages of 20 and 59 from all educational and professional backgrounds. It is free. The FSOT is held in October, February, and June.

But becoming a diplomat is not the only way to work for the State Department! If you would like to represent your country while living and working abroad, you might pursue other avenues into the State Department. Before attending this presentation, you may find it helpful to review information available at careers.state.gov.

Light snacks and drink refreshments will be served.

YPFP members may RSVP by logging into their accounts and clicking RSVP below. If you're not a member and would like to attend, consider joining YPFP NY.

New School students, staff and alumni as well as members of the public may register on Eventbrite.

Entry is free to YPFP members and New School students, staff and alumni. Entry for all others costs $5, payable on Eventbrite.


Usha Pitts has been an American diplomat for 19 years, serving tours in Cuba, Russia, Panama, Brazil, Italy and Austria. She has degrees in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts and International Development from the George Washington University. She moved to New York last year with her partner and two children, where she serves as a State Department representative for the Tri-State area and Pennsylvania.

Committed to ensuring our diplomats represent the true face of America, Ms. Pitts informs and recruits a diversity of American citizens to careers with the State Department. She also teaches a course at City College on practical diplomacy. A former employee of the World Bank and former U.S. representative to two UN agencies, Ms. Pitts can also answer general questions about careers in the international public sector.


Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Ambassador Series: H.E. Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU

WHAT: Ambassador Series: H.E. Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU
WHEN: Tuesday, 4 April; 18h30-20h30
WHERE: Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, rue du Marteau 9, 1000 Brussels
WHO: YPFP members

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On 25 March 1957, six countries joined together in Rome to sign a treaty establishing the European Economic Community -- a momentous occasion that set Europe down a path of greater integration and eventually led to the European Union as we know it today.

As we mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels invites you to join us for an evening discussion with Ambassador Maurizio Massari, Italian Permanent Representative to the European Union. Ambassador Massari who will offer his perspectives on Italy’s foreign policy and the future of the EU sixty years after the signature of the Treaty of Rome.

The event will be followed by a light cocktail reception generously offered by the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union.

Ambassador Massari was appointed Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in May 2016. During his diplomatic career that has spanned more than 30 years, he has served in a numerous posts in Washington, London and Rome, as well as in Moscow during perestroika. In 2012, he was the Special Envoy of the Italian Foreign Minister for the Mediterranean and the Middle East and later on Ambassador of Italy to Egypt. From 2003 to 2006, he served as OSCE Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro. Ambassador Massari has a degree in Political Science from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and advanced specialisations in International Affairs from Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.

Please note: Participants need to bring their ID card to access the venue. Due to the limited places available, we kindly ask you to register only if you are able to attend the meeting with the Ambassador.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM
International Student House in Washington, DC

Special Invitation: International Student House hosts Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-5)

The International Student House would like to extend a special invitation to the members of YPFP for a special discussion with Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-5).

Congressman Meeks is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, and he will speak on the role of Congress in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy with moderator John Tanner, former Congressman for Tennessee's 8th District.

Please note that space is limited.

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Congressman Gregory Meeks has served the people of New York's 5th Congressional District during his 17-year tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Meeks sits on the House Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mr. John Tanner represented Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District from 1989 to 2011. He served as the Democrats' chief deputy whip in the 109th, 110th, and 111th Congresses. His committee assignments included House Ways and Means, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Science.


Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM
TBA in Washington, DC

New Member Orientation

YPFP will be welcoming all new members to the Washington, DC branch at New Member Orientation (NMO)!

Come meet fellow new members and learn how to make the most out of your YPFP membership!

At NMO you will learn more about YPFP's mission and global reach. You will also hear from current members about how you can:

 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

Economic Diplomacy Series: The Russian Economy: On the Ropes or Rallying for a Comeback?

The one-two punch of low oil prices and international economic sanctions over the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine helped to knock Russia into economic recession in 2015. The brunt of these blows fell heavily on the Russian public as they watched the value of the ruble collapse to historic lows. Despite this and with tensions continuously flaring between Moscow and its neighbors to the West, Russia has been able to maintain strong spending in some sectors, defense in particular, throughout the crisis. Although economic sanctions are still holding fast and oil prices are still at half of what they were before the sharp decline began in mid-2014, will we see the Russian economy recover and fight back to positive growth in 2017?

Join YPFP and our panel of experts as we take a look at the causes and consequences of the Russian financial crisis, how Russia has been able to cope and what we can expect from its economy in the year ahead.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.