Global Business Summit to address New Hampshire’s role in International Trade

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Ambassador Rufus Yerxa

MANCHESTER, NH – International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire’s economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25 percent of the state’s jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? At the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire’s Global Business Summit on November 8 at Southern New Hampshire University, Ambassador Rufus Yerxa will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government and communities.

Yerxa is President of the National Foreign Trade Council, and has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world. As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade.

The program will also include a panel discussion with local business experts discussing New Hampshire’s role in the global economy. Panelists include Kedar Gupta, CEO and Founder of ARC Energy; Dr. Charlotte Broaden, a professor of international business and organizational leadership at SNHU; and Fred Kocher, host of NH Business with Fred Kocher on WMUR, will serve as moderator.

The program will take place in the Dining Center at Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 PM. The Global Business Summit is presented by the World Affairs Council and SNHU and is sponsored by CCA Global Partners, Granite State District Export Council, NH College & University Council, British American Business Council of New England, and Hypersoft.

For more information and tickets, visit or call 603-314-7970.