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EDGE:Series2021 Common Interests in Today’s Complex World

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-4

French ambassador's residence

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
Program Chair
GBEF Program Chair

Michael McCalip
GBEF2021 Co-Chair

Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France Embassy of France
OCTOBER 6th EDGESeries 2021

Opening Remarks
Donald W Upson, Founder and Chairman, GBEF
Gilbert Reveillon, European Chairman, GBEF

Welcome Remarks
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

Closing Remarks
Donald W. Upson


Philippe Etienne

Philippe Etienne

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.

Thomas Chittum

Thomas Chittum

Acting Associate Deputy Director | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Jim Mitre

Jim Mitre

Chief Strategy Officer | Govini

John Harris

John Harris

Executive Director, Federal Civilian | Verizon Business

Jean Michel Mis

Jean Michel Mis

Deputy of the French Loire District | French National Assembly

Gilbert Reveillon

Gilbert Reveillon

Chief Executive Officer de Mobile LOOV Administrateur et Président du groupe d’expertise TIC et Économie Numérique au CNCCEF

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Quest Federal Engineering | Quest Software Public Sector, Inc

 Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO | Consumer Technology Association


October 6
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-4
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