Schedule

Third Annual Texas EU Business Summit:
Trade, Investment and Innovation
Thursday, May 1, 2014
AT&T Conference Center
Austin, Texas

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast & Conference Registration

8:30 – 8:45 Opening & Welcoming Remarks

  • Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Doug Biow, Director University of Texas EU Center of Excellence
  • Welcoming Remarks – Kirk Watson, State Senator (invited)
  • Master of Ceremonies – Adriana Cruz, President, Greater San Marcos Partnership

8:45 – 9:45 KEYNOTE: EU/US/Texas Transatlantic Relationships

  • George Papanikolaou, Greece Consul General of Houston, Presidency of the Council for the European Union
  • Josh Stanton , Project Manager, Transatlantic Relations, Bertelsmann Foundation

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:15 EU Visegrad Group Opportunities and Best Practices

Moderator/Chair: Lorrain McCord, Project Creative Director, Xworks

  • Hungary Industry Opportunities – Katalin Csorba, First Counselor – Head of the Hungarian Economic Representatives in the US
  • Poland Industry Opportunities – Tomasz Sowa, Deputy Head of the Trade and Investment, Embassy of Poland
  • Czech Republic Industry Opportunities – Tomáš Hart, The Head of Economic Section at Czech Republic Embassy
  • Slovakia Industry Opportunities – Peter Kolesar, Trade and Innovation Counselor, Embassy of Slovakia

11:15 – 12:30 Europe US Energy Partnership Opportunities

Moderator/Chair: Allison Turner, Area Director, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency

  • James Clad, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Henk Jelsma, President, Radial Drilling Services, Inc.
  • Wout Last, President& CEO, Hint Americas
  • Geert Visser, President of the Netherlands – American Chamber of Commerce

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch – buffet

1:30 – 3:00 Featured EU Country: France and Innovation

Moderator/Chair:(TBA)

  • Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston
  • Philippe Bouyoux, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, French Embassy
  • Philippe Yvergnaux, President, North America Invest in France
    • Company Success Story

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:30 Other Key EU Markets

Moderator/Chair:  Ben Ramirez III, International Economic Development Manager, City of Austin

  • Italy Industry Opportunities, Fabrizio Nava, Consul General, Italy
  • Ireland Industry Opportunities – Micheál Smith, IDA Ireland
  • Spain Industry Opportunities – Mario Buisán, Trade Commissioner for Spain

4:30 – 6:00 Networking Session/Reception/Meetings with Trade Representatives – Room 103

  • Closing reception
  • Individual meetings with EU trade Representatives