Global Advantage Forum

Join business, education, government and community leaders each year at the NC Global Advantage Forum.

Become part of a collaborative effort to ensure that North Carolina is the most globally engaged state in the U.S.

NC Global Advantage
NC Global Advantage


1:00 – 2:00 Social Gathering

– Special Remarks from NC Governor Roy Cooper  

2:00 – 4:00 Program Agenda

Welcome – Meredith Henderson, Executive Director, Go Global NC

Introduction of Keynote – Tim Gabel, CEO and President, RTI International – Presenting Sponsor

Keynote: Karen LeVert, Partner, Pappas Capital

2022 NC Global Ambassador Award–presented by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Tom White, NC State University

NC and Moldova: Providing Support During the Ongoing Crisis –-Dr. Audrey Snyder, Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina- Greensboro; and Major General M. Todd Hunt, Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard – moderated by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall

Fireside chat #1 – Connecting Global Businesses and the WorldJohn Baekelmans, Flanders Investment and Trade, Paula Barngrover, CEO of Alura USA, and Thomas Hildebrand, Lock Drives, Inc – moderated by Ryan Combs, Executive Director, Research Triangle Regional Partnership

Fireside chat #2- Using Technologies Across Sectors to Address Global IssuesSiddhartha “Sid” Thakur, Executive Director of Global One Health Academy & Professor of Molecular Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State; Daniel Lapidus, Senior Economist and Policy Analyst, RTI International; and Paul Ulanch, Executive Director, Crop Commercialization Program, NC Biotechnology Center – moderated by Sandy Stewart, Assistant Commissioner, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


4:00 – 5:00 Global Networking Hour

Hear from visionary leaders about how engaging with the world can bring greater prosperity to North Carolina and take part in our Global Networking Hour to learn how we can collaborate to achieve more together.

The NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness is a private and public sector partnership of leaders from a variety of industries from all over North Carolina co-chaired by Elaine Marshall, NC Secretary of State, and Steve Troxler, NC Agriculture Commissioner. The Coalition, founded in 2013 and coordinated by Go Global NC, fosters thought leadership and serves as a catalyst for a statewide vision for global engagement.

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Learn more about previous NC Global Advantage Forums here:

GoGlobal Advantage Forum 2021


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NC Global Advantage Forum 2019