About World Trade Day

Continuing a Trade & Investment Legacy

In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed a national observance in the United States each May of the benefits of global trade. Each U.S. President since then has renewed this declaration, asking for communities across the nation for their commitment.

The World Trade Center Atlanta, one of 330 centers of international business exchange across the globe, is responding to the call by establishing its 1st Annual World Trade Day in Georgia on May 2, 2017.

This historic event will honor the international trade community and your contributions to the economic power of our region. It will convene CEOs, policy-makers, scholars and thought leaders to discuss today’s most pressing trade issues and opportunities to build a strong regional economy.

Why Attend?

Trade Conversations & Connections

Let’s face it. Uncertainty about international trade and investment has taken center stage.

Changes in leadership and country dynamics in key countries like the U.S, UK, China, Brazil, and even Cuba have raised questions about the future of trade policies, government regulations, and even diplomatic relations.

Sweeping changes that impact everything from tariffs and immigration to in-country logistics and brand reputation are expected. Yet, most global executives are uncertain about how to prepare for the effects of disruptions as well as capture hidden opportunities.

World Trade Day is bringing experts in global trade and investment to foster key conversations and connections to help us all navigate through uncertain times.

Why Attend?

Southeast Global Community

One-Stop Access to the Southeast’s Global Community

World Trade Day will draw representatives from various international organizations serving the Southeast region. Furthermore, several state and local agencies involved with global trade will also be present.

Whether looking to connect to economic development teams, industry associations, or country-specific chambers and consulates, World Trade Day will offer you a one-stop shop access your organization will need to be nimble.

Why Attend?

Global Business Exchange

Resources with Global Expertise

World Trade Day will also have a “Global Exchange” center that will enable you to visit with exhibitors actively serving the global community.

Whether looking for support for a specific global initiative, or seeking partner companies to help you navigate your on-going international business needs, you’ll find it here.

If you are interested in exhibiting at World Trade Day, please contact Mr. Delray Wannemacher at delray@firstlookequities.com

Our Program

All Day Registration, Networking and Global Business Exchanges 7:30am – 4:15pm

Welcome & Introduction – World Trade Center Atlanta
Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Matthew T. McGuire,
United States Executive Director, The World Bank Group
Parallel Panel Discussions

  • Emerging Markets: Still Driving Global Economic Growth?
  • Global Trends to Build, Innovate and Attract

Lunch Distinguished Panel Discussion: North America Rising? Maintaining a Competitive Advantage in a Volatile Global Economy

Global Leadership Award Presentation

“Conversations that Matter” – Parallel Roundtables

  • Advanced Manufacturing: The Impact of Technology and a Changing Workforce on Company Competitiveness
  • Digital Technologies:  How Disruptions Lead to Opportunities
  • Energy Solutions: Creating New Markets

Reception, Closing Remarks & Drawing

Please download the Full Agenda with panel descriptions and our growing list of panelists.

Our Keynote Speakers

Continuing a Trade and Investment Legacy


Hon. Matthew T. McGuire
United States Executive Director
The World Bank Group
The Honorable Matthew McGuire is the United States Executive Director of the World Bank Group. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate, on June 15, 2015. As the U.S. Executive Director, he represents the United States as the largest shareholder on the executive boards of the World Bank Group institutions.


Access to a Global Market

Opportunities to Stand Out within the International Marketplace

We have an exciting agenda planned and expect a record turnout. We welcome your participation as a World Trade Day sponsor and would be happy to discuss the benefits and opportunities associated with sponsorship.

Please download the sponsorship-packet or email diane@marketaccessintl.com for more information.


Easy Access & Beautiful Facility

Located less than 10 minutes from the airport, the Georgia International Convention Center is strategically located to restaurants and hotels for the convenience of those traveling to World Trade Day.

2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337


Individuals and Exhibitors

  • Early Bird Pass
    $99 USD

    Limited Space-  All Day Networking Pass, Keynote, Breakouts, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert Reception and Drawings

    Ends Feb 28th 2017
  • Global Pass
    $145 USD

    Limited Space-  All Day Networking Pass, Keynote, Breakouts, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert Reception and Drawings

    Available March 1st
  • Day of the Event
    $175 USD

    If Available –  All Day Networking Pass, Keynote, Breakouts, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert Reception and Drawings

For sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities at World Trade Day, please email delray@firstlookequities.com , diane@marketaccessintl.com , or kloch@wtc-atlanta.org.


1st Annual World Trade Day

Our World Trade Day Committee Members

Event Leadership Team

Dr. Diane Alleva Cáceres
CEO, Market Access International, Inc.

Delray Wannemacher
CEO, First Look Equities

Dr. Karen D. Loch
President, World Trade Center Atlanta

Joanne Sanders
CEO, eWise Communications

Strategic Outreach Team

Ani Anihotri
CEO, IIIrd Millenium Technologies, Inc.

Dan Curran
CEO, Curran Public Relations

Craig Gustin
Supply Chain Consultant/ Recruiter

Justin Hackney
VP Sales, Edevate

WTC Atlanta
Project Management Associates (Internships)

Leah Allen, MS Candidate
Georgia Institute of Technology

Cassie Xu
Agnes Scott College (Graduate)

Ambassador Team

Matthew DiVenere
President, Marconi Advisors

Donna Mullins
President, Mullins International Solutions

Jim Munson
Vice President, Georgia Location Services

Jonathan Perez
‎Regional Director, PartnerMD-SE

Marjorie Singley-Hall,
CEO, S & A Railroad Ties, LLC

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