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Global Leaders Forum

CCD’s Global Leaders Forum brings world leaders to UC San Diego to share insights on current trends in global policy and politics, leadership and life lessons. The forum enriches the diplomacy dialogue at GPS and the wider San Diego community, and, most of all, is an essential learning experience for the next generation of world leaders being educated at the School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Past Events

CCD Global Leaders Forum: Christopher Landau, Former United States Ambassador to Mexico
Oct. 21, 2021
Former United States Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau presented “COVID: A Stress Test for USMCA”. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, 2020, during unprecedented global uncertainty. The pandemic, trade wars, natural disasters and rising geopolitical tensions tested the resilience of global economic agreements. Landau served as the U.S. Ambassador from 2019 to 2021, in the midst of this upheaval, and during the infancy of the USMCA agreement. Landau shared his thoughts on the agreement’s inception and performance after its first year in existence, and possible future direction.


CCD Global Leaders Forum: Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank
Oct. 22, 2021
Robert B. Zoellick, the 11th President of the World Bank spoke on "The Idea of North America". The discussion was moderated by Caroline Freund, the first economist to serve as dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and former World Bank Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness. Zoellick shared insights from the top of the world's largest development bank, and from his extensive experience in policymaking as a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and U.S Trade Representative. 


CCD Global Leaders Forum: Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica
Feb. 22, 2021 | Video

The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica, presented on "Mobilizing Climate Financing for a Sustainable Future." CCD Director Renee Bowen moderated the discussion. Climate change is a global issue that requires a collective, global response. However, not all nations share the same resources to implement effective measures to mitigate climate change. Those countries which are most affected by the impacts of climate change are faced with an undue burden to respond. A more collective effort is needed to share the commitment to the problem, specifically in financing. The Prime Minister shared his thoughts on this topic, along with the work he is doing as the Co-Chair of the UN Climate Change Financing Initiative with French President Emmanuel Macron.


CCD Global Leaders Forum: Jeff Immelt, Former CEO, GE
Feb. 23, 2021 | Video

Jeffrey Immelt, former CEO of General Electric, presented on "The Future of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chains." CCD Director Renee Bowen moderated the discussion. Trade wars have disrupted supply chains, domestic opposition to globalization is rising and global economic leadership has faltered. The future of global business is highly uncertain. As former CEO of one the largest global firms, Jeffrey Immelt provided fresh insights into what lies ahead for the manufacturing sector, and what the government can do to address the policy challenges.


CCD Global Leaders Forum: Dr. Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
Sept. 13, 2019 | View Photos

The forum’s inaugural event featured former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice who discussed her new book, "To Build a Better World," co-authored with Philip Zelikow, and shared insights about life as the nation's top diplomat.