Election Day: meet & connect with Columbia fellows over the lively debate

The Election Day on November 3, at 7:20pm (CET) Italy time. We will have community engagement online while hearing the thoughts and experience of invited acclaimed diplomats and economists. Together they will discuss what the victory of a candidate might mean for the economy and the dynamics of international relations, and much more. It is our pleasure to give you this unique experience and access to meet and connect with the fellow alumni and the brightest minds across scholarly fields and continents.

David Campbell Bannerman is a leading British political commentator, writer and communications strategist. An elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of England 2009-19, David is a prominent Brexiteer who served for ten years on the International Trade Committee, working on trade deals with Canada (CETA), India (as Standing Reporter), New Zealand, Colombia/Peru, USA (TTIP), Australia and Japan. He has proposed a ‘SuperCanada’ UK/EUTrade deal quoted by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and is an Honorary Member of the ERG (European Research Group). He chaired the pro-Brexit organisations Contact Group’ for Vote Leave in the 2016 EU Referendum, was a leading campaign strategist, and was Co-Chairman of Conservatives for Britain. David has extensive knowledge of foreign affairs, serving as Chairman of the European Parliament’s Iraq Delegation, 2014-19, visiting the front line opposite ISIS-controlled Mosul with the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Army. David worked on the Northern Ireland Peace Process at its start as a U.K. Government Special Adviser to Northern Ireland Secretary Sir Patrick Mayhew 1996-97, and worked closely with American representatives. David was on an Exchange Scholarship to Wharton Business School of Pennsylvania, with an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.

Dick Roche is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister of State for European Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and 2007 to 2011. He was also Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government from 2004 to 2007.  He is currently on the Advisory Board of Vocal Europe and is an Advisor for the consultancy collective The Skill Set based in Dublin. He has received awards and recognitions from the presidents of France and Estonia as well as the United Nations.  He is a graduate of University College Dublin, and holds a DPA, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Matthew Robinson has worked in the sphere of public policy in Washington DC at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and in Brussels, where he had over six years experience working at the European Parliament. He served as an advisor to the Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Iraq and for the Chairman for relations with countries in South Asia, and has worked on legislative issues in the Committee on International Trade and Subcommittee on Security and Defence. He was recently appointed to the role of Managing Director of the Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) in Rome. Matthew also was selected as a parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party in the 2019 UK General Election. Matthew has a LL.B in Law and American Studies from the University of Wales, and a LL.M in Law from the University of Edinburgh, writing his postgraduate thesis on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ‘Obamacare’.

Marcel Kaminstein is the chairman of the Pro Business PAC, Director of the Italian American Trade Council, Board Member of American Club Rome, and President of MediaLab Group.  Marcel has been a long time advocate of International Trade, facilitating cross partnerships for advanced diplomatic initiatives and democratic pro-business initiatives through DiploRome initiatives, Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign, PA State Rep 156th District special elections race, and the Pro Business PAC.  

William "Spence" Spencer is executive director of the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. Spence has more than twenty-four years of professional experience in diplomacy, human rights, democracy and governance, international law, and crisis management and response, both as a career diplomat and an advocate in the field. He is intimately familiar with post-conflict rebuilding and peace and constitutional negotiations in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In 1996 Spence helped to configure Bosnia’s first post-war elections and oversaw implementation of human rights components of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a career foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, Spence served as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room, supported Transatlantic institutions such as NATO and the OSCE, and coordinated policy and resource support for human rights in the former Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal.  He served as a delegate to the Rome Conference to establish an International Criminal Court in 1998. Spence also has extensive experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, analyzing Afghanistan’s human rights and democracy landscape in the aftermath of the fall of the Taliban while also leading several rule of law initiatives. In Iraq, he has advised the government of Iraq on diverse Constitutional and legislative issues since 2005. Spence has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University.


Special thanks to Diana Wade '06BS, '10SOA.

November 03, 2020 at 7:20pm - 9:20pm



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