Is the United States at a Political and Economic Crossroad?

Is the United States at a Political and Economic Crossroad?

Washington, DC on May 9th, 2017 @ 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the American-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce to host a conference focusing on potential changes in U.S. politics and trade policies.

The conference chair is Jon Sigurdsson, Chairman, Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Össur

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9th | 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (light breakfast and registration from 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m.

WHERE: Embassy of Iceland in Washington, DC, 2900 K St NW


PRICE: Suggested donation $25


08:15-09:00     Light breakfast and networking

09:00-09:10    Welcome

Thordís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, Ministry of Industries and Innovation

09:10-09:40    The New U.S. Administration-What to Expect?

    Joseph Dillon, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

09:40-10:00    U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuity or Change?

Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University, Washington, DC in conversation with Ambassador Geir H. Haarde, Embassy of Iceland, Washington, DC

10:00-10:30    The Future of U.S. Trade Policies: Multilateral or Bilateral?

Dan Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute

10:30-10:50    U.S. – Euro Relations in the Light of Brexit

Garrett Workman, Director of European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

10:50-11:00    Closing

Birkir Holm Gudnason, Chairman American Icelandic Chamber of Commerce in Iceland and CEO, Icelandair


The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a membership organization founded in New York in 1986. The chamber promotes the development of business and trade between the United States and Iceland through membership networking events, business conferences and other occasions in which business and government leaders of the business and government participate. IACC´s day-to-day operations are managed by the Iceland Trade and Investment Office at the Consulate General of Iceland in New York. 

Corporate Sponsors:  Eimskip, Icelandair, siggi’s dairy and Össur.

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