Miami Dade College President Among Global Leaders to Convene at the 8th World Strategic Forum in Miami

The two-day conference, presented by MDC, will focus on the global economy, finance, innovation, energy, trade and sustainable development

Miami, March 28, 2018 – Miami Dade College (MDC) is the Presenting Partner of the 8th World Strategic Forum, which returns to Miami on April 16 and 17, under the theme “Leading an Era of Change.” The conference will gather more than 1,400 participants and 90 distinguished speakers to address the issues, opportunities and challenges facing world leaders in today’s dynamic and disruptive obal environment. MDC’s President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, will speak at several key events, including a conversation with University of Miami President, Dr. Julio Frenk, regarding “bridging the education gap,” moderated by MDC alumna and Miami Herald President and Publisher, Alexandra Villoch, at 3 p.m., April 16.

The conference, which is an initiative of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, aims to create global engagement and dialogue on the issues driving political, economic and social change throughout the world. This year’s conference will discuss Blockchain & the Future of Finance; Robots, Advanced Manufacturing and the Future of Work; and The Impact of Artificial Intelligence, among many other topics.

“In today’s fast-moving, disruptive political, social and economic environments, it is more important than ever for political and business leaders, entrepreneurs and thinkers to come together to discuss the trends driving the global economy and provide insights and understanding in order to create bridges of opportunities during this era of change,” said Nicholas Rémillard, president, and CEO of the International Economic Forum of the Americas and the World Strategic Forum. “This year, the Forum is more important and relevant than ever as we confront the high-speed change coming at all of us and the challenges and opportunities we face as a global community in the eclectic city of Miami.”

Other confirmed speakers include Robert Kaplan, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General, Ibero American Conference (SEGIB); Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation; Ana Teresa Lehmann, Secretary of State of Industry, Portugal; Craig D’Souza, Head of Global Security Investigations & Protective Intelligence, Facebook; Rachel Haurwitz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Caribou Biosciences; Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS); Sameer Sharma, General Manager, Smart Cities, Intel; José Antonio Miranda, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy; Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, Chief Executive Officer, E.ON Climate & Renewables; Juan Carlos Navarro, Chief Executive Officer, NSolar; Robert Richards, Founder & CEO, Moon Express; Zare Baghdasarian, Co-Founder & CEO Avata Intelligence; Kaijen Hsiao, Chief Technology Officer, Mayfield Robotics; Robert Asselin, Senior Director, Public Policy, Blackberry; and Mario Bergara Duque, Governor, Central Bank of Uruguay.

About the World Strategic Forum
The Miami World Strategic Forum is presented by the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA). Its mission is to address the major governance challenges of the new world economic order.

The objective of the World Strategic Forum is to foster a better understanding of opportunities and challenges at stake in the Global Market. The Forum also seeks to provide a platform for business meetings in a broad spectrum of sectors and to foster sustainable economic development.

For more information about the World Strategic Forum, and a complete list of speakers, please visit

Media Credentials

Domestic and foreign journalists are invited to cover the World Strategic Forum. To attend the event, journalists, photographers, and media technical staff must register by contacting Ray Ruga at, or +1 (305) 310-6425, by Friday, April 13, 2018.

WHAT:     8th World Strategic Forum

WHEN:     Monday and Tuesday, April 16 – 17

WHERE:   Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave.

Coral Gables, Florida