Update: 
Summer programming postponed until 2021; please check back early fall for more details.

Executive Program in Economic DiplomacyExecutive Program in Economic Diplomacy

This program utilizes the breadth of knowledge and experience of the partner institutions and their collaborators of the International Institute on Economic Diplomacy. Professionals will receive an unequaled experience through instruction and meaningful dialogue around the issues at work in our global political and economic landscape.

This year’s program will focus on technological advancement and the various ways optimizing technology is creating shifts in traditional economic diplomacy. It will also address the environmental, political and governance issues that are evolving.

This program is targeted towards:

  • Senior professionals in industries and non-governmental organizations with an international footprint, especially those impacted by trade and diplomatic relations between nations
  • Senior government officials and those from international organizations dealing with international commerce, finance and trade

Course Curriculum

As the cornerstone of the program, participants will audit the first week of a three-week Economic Diplomacy course offered to top graduate students selected from across the globe. Topics to be covered will be tailored for seasoned professionals already working in the field.

The exact details are still being confirmed. Below is a sample schedule of topics and professional site visits planned for this summer’s program:

An Overview of Global Governance and Commerce

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Economic Diplomacy Course

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Roundtable Lunch Discussion: Major changes in global commerce and the global governance of markets

  • 2 – 4 p.m.

Lecture and Discussion: Prospects for consensus on new national issues in the U.S.

  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Dinner and evening forum with senior OECD official for discussion on the future of G20 and similar summits

The Impacts of Technological Advances

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Economic Diplomacy Course

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Roundtable Lunch Discussion: Understanding the Next Wave of Digital Technology — The 5G Era

  • 2 – 4 p.m.

Site Visit to Qualcomm: Presentation and Discussion

  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Dinner including local IT industry leaders to discuss how to think about innovation and policies for the development of technologies over time, OR
the coming biological revolution and the fate of humanity with leaders in the San Diego biotech community

The Changing Environment

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Economic Diplomacy Course

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Roundtable Lunch Discussion: The Avenues Through Which the Changing Climate Impact Economic Diplomacy

  • 2 – 4 p.m.

Site Visit to Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Presentation and Discussion

  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Dinner conversation on the role of COP and international collaborations on climate protection

The Evolving Role of Borders and Global Firms

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Economic Diplomacy Course

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch with officials from the office of the Consul General of Mexico, San Diego, including case study discussion on cross-border issues and migration

  • 2 – 4 p.m.

Roundtable and case study discussion: The Future of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement — Lessons Learned from How Well New Regional Agreements Can Adapt to New Realities in the Global Economy

  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Dinner conversation on the future of global economics

Merging the Technical with Geopolitics

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Economic Diplomacy Course

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch discussion on the rise of China’s influence in the global market through technological advances and the political impacts in the U.S. and abroad

  • 2 – 4 p.m.

Site Visit to World Trade Center and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation: Case studies on the intersection of global changes with local governance, with a focus on innovation hubs and development

  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Farewell Dinner with Dean Peter Cowhey, participating faculty
and invited guests

Confirmed Speakers

  • Peter Cowhey, Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego; Senior Counselor, USTR (Obama Administration); Head of International Policy, FCC (Clinton Administration)
  • Pascal Lamy, former EU Trade Commissioner and former Director-General of the WTO
  • Pierre Moscovici, former EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
  • Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20

(All material will be presented in English.)

Registration and Deadline

Applications are contingent on space availability. Instructions for payment will be included in the welcome packet.

Logistics and Pricing

This program is being administered through the Global Leadership Institute (GLI) at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Space is limited. Please contact gps-gli@ucsd.edu if you have questions about the program.

GLI will administer all logistical needs of program participants, excluding travel to/from San Diego, California.

The cost of the program is $5,000 USD. This includes housing, meals and transportation to site visits.

For local attendees who do not require on-campus housing, the cost of the program is $4,600 USD. This includes daily parking, lunch and dinner and transportation to site visits.


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