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Global Initiative

The Economic Club’s Global Initiative offers members, many of whom represent businesses with extensive global interests, the opportunity to enjoy the best and most informative international programming. The Club presents from global companies based outside the United States and representatives of governments from other nations. (Pictured Above: H.E. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia, is interviewed by Economic Club President David Rubenstein on May 18, 2017.)


  • Akio Toyoda, President and Member of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation

    March 2019

  • H.E. Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland

    November 2018

  • H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel

    March 2018

  • Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore

    October 2017

  • Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    October 2017

  • H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, President of the Republic of Panama

    June 2017

  • H.E. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of the Republic of Colombia

    with David Rubenstein and Mary Brady





  • H.E. Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany

    May 2017


  • H.E. Carlos Sada Solana, Ambassador of Mexico

    October 2016

  • H.E. Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore

    September 2016

  • Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive, BP plc

    June 2016

  • Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and Head of Mercedes- Benz Cars Division

    November 2015



  • Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank Group

    December 2013

  • Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation

    September 2013

  • The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister, Quartet Representative to the Middle East

    June 2011

Past Speakers

Recent international speakers have included: 


Diplomatic Advisory Council

A key part of the Global Initiative is cooperation with the diplomatic community. Ambassadors are regularly invited to attend Signature events and encouraged to host Executive Conversations. Ambassadors of Singapore, Mexico, Russia and Germany were featured speakers at Executive Conversations during the 2016-2017 season, and the Ambassador of the United Kingdom has been featured during the 2017-2018 season.

The Economic Club has established a Diplomatic Advisory Council to raise the Club’s international visibility and assist in reaching out to speakers from other countries. His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore, is the inaugural Chair of the Council. (Pictured Above: Economic Club board members join the Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Finland, Italy, Kuwait, Singapore, and Russia.)

Global Partner

The Club’s Global Initiative is supported by eight sponsors at the Global Partner level – Cartica Management, LLC, Chevron Corporation, CTIA, Daimler AG, Delta Air Lines, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott International Inc., and United Technologies Corporation.