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EDGE:Series2021 Common Interests in Today’s Complex World
October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-4
The Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) is pleased to partner with the Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur (CCE) for this EDGESeries21 program at the Embassy of France.
This is our fourth year, and we are especially grateful to Ambassador Philippe Etienne for continuing what has become a valued and anticipated tradition.
Much more than a program and reception, the relationships and discussions this event encourages are the catalyst for ever expanding business, cultural and educational connections between French and American business, government and political leaders. From the American Revolution to Normandy and beyond, the French-American alliance is unshakable and respected deeply by citizens of both countries. It is an alliance that is especially critical in these turbulent times. In its small way, today’s program contributes to and benefits from the historic and strong bonds between France and the United States.
The GBEF and CCE also recognize and thank the Consumer Technology Association, and Gary Shapiro in particular. The CTA is the catalyst that started this valued France-US connection at CES Unveiled in Paris six years ago.
Today’s program includes speakers and subjects that will be featured and expanded at EDGE22 next January at CES. Enjoy the program and the reception that follows.
Ambassador Etienne, once again, we are especially grateful to you for your hospitality and this opportunity.
Donald W Upson
Dr. Barry West
GBEF Program Chair
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS EXECUTIVE FORUM
Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France Embassy of France
OCTOBER 6th EDGESeries 2021
Donald W Upson, Founder and Chairman, GBEF
Gilbert Reveillon, European Chairman, GBEF
Ambassador Philippe Etienne
CES Returns to Las Vegas: a Preview of CES 2022
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
“JADC2 and the Challenge of Interoperability”
Jim Mitre, Chief Strategy Officer, GOVINI
Technology and Law Enforcement: France’s Strategic Plan
Hon. Jean Michel-Mis, Member, French National Assembly
Technology and Law Enforcement: A US Perspective
Mr. Thomas Chittum, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Focus on Technology
Mr. Chris Roberts, Vice President, Public Sector, Quest Software
Communicating with Confidence: Cyber Security and Communications
John Harris, Executive Director, Verizon
Donald W. Upson
Ambassador of France to the United States
He previously held numerous posts within the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, notably including Ambassador of France to Romania (2002-2005), Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007-2009), Permanent Representative of France to the European Union (2009-2014), Ambassador of France to Germany (2014-2017) and most recently, Diplomatic Adviser to the President (2017-2019). Philippe Etienne is an expert on the European Union and continental Europe. He has held posts in Moscow, Belgrade, Bucharest, Bonn, Berlin and Brussels. He has also served as an adviser in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on several occasions.
A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (“Voltaire” Class, 1980), Philippe Etienne also holds the Agrégation (teaching diploma) in Mathematics, has a degree in Economics and is a graduate of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Serbo-Croatian).
He speaks English, German, Spanish, Russian and Romanian. He is an Officer of the Legion of Honor and a Commander of the National Order of Merit.
Acting Associate Deputy Director | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Chief Strategy Officer | Govini
Executive Director, Federal Civilian | Verizon Business
Jean Michel Mis
Deputy of the French Loire District | French National Assembly
Chief Executive Officer de Mobile LOOV Administrateur et Président du groupe d’expertise TIC et Économie Numérique au CNCCEF
Quest Federal Engineering | Quest Software Public Sector, Inc
President and CEO | Consumer Technology Association