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Press Release for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

UNF Hosts Annual International Business Conference

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will host the annual International Business Conference on Teaching Research and Practice from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Building 58E, Student Union, Room 3703, on the UNF campus.

The conference, sponsored by the UNF Coggin College of Business International Business Flagship Program, UNF Center for Sustainable Business Practices and Universitas Varsoviensis, will focus on sustainability, microfinance, social innovation, emerging markets and more. It includes speakers and panelists from more than 15 different countries, including Iran, China and Iceland.

Opening keynote speakers include Daniel Lederman, lead economist and the World Bank’s deputy chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president for sustainability. Other featured speakers include Dr. Gunnar Stefansson, University of Iceland statistics professor, and Mojtaba Rajab-Baigy, general director of the International Scientific Relationship Office of Agricultural Research and Extension Organization of Iran.

During 2011-12, Lederman led the World Bank’s work program on trade policy and integration in the International Trade Department. He has written extensively on a broad set of issues related to economic development, including financial crises, violent crime, the political economy of policy reforms, economic growth, international trade and labor markets. Langert leads McDonald’s global sustainability efforts, working with McDonald’s system to grow its business by making a positive difference in society. He and his team collaborate with internal leadership to integrate sustainability in day-to-day operations and decision-making.

Both days of the conference include more than 20 papers, presented by their authors, as well as panel discussions led by UNF faculty. Participants and presenters will attend networking lunches and receptions to extend learning and build relationships outside the classroom.

The general public can attend the keynote addresses for free; however, a registration of $250 applies for attending the remainder of the conference. Registration, costs and information may be found at

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.