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The Global Business Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business presents Back in Business: How Competitiveness Re-emerges in the United States as it Moves from Manufacturing to Brainfacturing.

The event will feature remarks from Antoine W. van Agtmael, senior advisor for Garten Rothkopf, a public policy advisory firm in Washington, D.C. MBA students also will present the results of their Global Business Experience consulting projects focusing on supply chain management conducted last summer in Peru, Hong Kong, and South Africa. One student group from each location will compare and contrast the equalities, differences, and challenges around supply chain management in each country.

The Global Business Initiative ensures that the global mission of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is evident throughout all aspects of the student experience – from the undergraduate to MBA to executive education programs. By adding depth to the school’s international focus in the curriculum and academic research, alliances with international universities and organizations, and existing international efforts, the initiative seeks to make Georgetown McDonough the premiere destination for global business education.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:00 p.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.

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Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, assistant dean for communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

5:00 p.m. Welcome by Ricardo Ernst, professor and director, Global Business Initiative
5:05 p.m. Remarks by Antoine W. van Agtmael, senior advisor, Garten Rothkopf
5:45 p.m. Student Presentations

Antoine van Agtmael is senior adviser at Garten Rothkopf, a public policy advisory firm in Washington, D.C. He was a founder, CEO, and CIO of Emerging Markets Management LLC (and later chairman of AshmoreEMM), a leading investment management firm for emerging market equities. He also was a founding director of the Strategic Investment Group. Before founding EMM in 1987, van Agtmael was deputy director of the Capital Markets department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector oriented affiliate of the World Bank. He also served as a division chief in the World Bank’s borrowing operations; managing director of TISCO, Thailand’s leading merchant bank; and vice president at Bankers Trust Company.

Van Agtmael is the author of The Emerging Markets Century (Simon & Schuster, January 2007), Emerging Securities Markets (Euromoney, 1984), and co-editor of The World’s Emerging Stock Markets (Probus Publishing, 1992). While at IFC, he coined the term “emerging markets” and founded the IFC Emerging Markets Database. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center and taught at the Harvard Institute of Politics and Thammasat University, Bangkok. He holds an MBA from New York University, an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European studies from Yale University, and a B.A. in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics.

Van Agtmael is chairman of the NPR Foundation and a member of the board of NPR, a trustee of The Brookings Institution, and co-chairman of its International Advisory Council. He is on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University and the Advisory Council of Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.