The Honorable Karen Bell, UK Consul General in Houston, Texas
Karen took up her posting in Houston in July 2015. As Consul General, she has overall responsibility for leading the UK’s engagement in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Karen’s business priorities and responsibilities include developing political ties between the UK and the consular district; enhancing trade and investment partnerships; promoting science and innovation links and supporting the delivery of consular services to the many British nationals who have made the region their home. A career diplomat, Karen joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the 1980s. Her most recent assignments have included:
· 1996-1999: Third Secretary (Trade Policy/Economic), British High Commission, Ottawa, Canada
· 1999-2003: Second Secretary (Economic), British High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
· 2003-2007: First Secretary (Economic and External), British Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
· 2007-2010: Head of the EU/China team, Climate and Energy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London
· 2010-2014: Deputy Head of Mission, British Consulate-General, Hong Kong
Mark Wynne, Vice President, Associate Director of Research and Director of the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Wynne is responsible for developing and leading the Bank’s research program on globalization and understanding its implications for the conduct of U.S. monetary policy. Since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1989, he has had a variety of responsibilities, including briefing the Bank’s president on national and international economic conditions prior to meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee, providing updates on key economic issues to the Bank’s board of directors and conducting research on the effects of fiscal policy, understanding business cycles, inflation measurement and the workings of monetary unions, among other topics. His research has appeared in many of the leading peer-reviewed academic journals and Federal Reserve publications. Most of his professional career has been at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, but Wynne also spent time at the European Monetary Institute and European Central Bank during the formative years of European Economic and Monetary Union, where he worked on issues related to the strategy of monetary policy under EMU. He has also been an occasional consultant to the ECB and International Monetary Fund.
Reading, UK Keynote Speakers
Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK Community Interest Corporation
Nigel has extensive senior management experience in economic development with a career, which stretches back 25 years, covering all aspects of regeneration, skills, job creation, recruitment issues, foreign direct investment and inward investment; small business and sector support services, tourism promotion and infrastructure development. Previously Area Director for the South East of England Regional Development Agency covering Berkshire and Surrey, Nigel has also been CEO of Surrey Economic Partnership, Vice Chairman of the South East Regional Assembly and Head of Community and Economic Regeneration at London Borough of Hounslow.
Chris Dodson, Chairman, Torftech Group
Dodson is a mechanical engineer with many years of industrial experience. He has worked for multinationals before establishing the Torftech group of companies some 30 years ago. He has worked in Europe, North America, India and Australasia. His particular expertise is in R & D in the process industries providing practical solutions to process problems. Industries served include food, chemical, mineral, metallurgical, petroleum and environmental. Apart from corporate management, Mr. Dodson has many generic patents filed under his name and provides technology licensing skills to his own and other commercial groups.
Richardson, Texas, Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dennis C. McCuistion, President of McCuistion & Associates Inc.
McCuistion serves as the President of McCuistion & Associates Inc., an Irving, Texas based firm providing management consulting services to financial institutions and other businesses. Previously he served as an Interim Chief Executive Officer and Interim President of National Center for Policy Analysis since June 20, 2014 until January 2015. Mr. McCuistion has also been an instructor for the American Institute of Banking for 20 years, and has been a faculty Member for the Graduate School of Banking of the South, the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin, the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas He began his career in banking in 1964 at the First Bank and Trust in Richardson, Texas, where he rose to the position of Senior Vice President. From 1972 to 1975, he served as President of the American Bank in Irving, Texas. Since 1990, he served as Executive Producer and host of the nationally syndicated, award-winning McCuistion Program on PBS. His business consulting expertise includes strategic planning, director relations, advising management on banking relationships, financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions.
Chris MacFarland, CEO Masergy Communications, Inc.
Chris MacFarland is Masergy's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer. Under Mr. MacFarland’s leadership Masergy continues to grow at a profitable and rapid pace including the key milestone of $1 billion in cumulative revenues. Mr. MacFarland was selected as Tech Titans CEO of the Year for 2016 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 for the Southwest region. Prior to joining Masergy, he has served in various senior executive positions at BroadSoft, McLeodUSA, Allegiance Telecom, Verio, OnRamp, CompuNet and Compu-Tek International. Mr. MacFarland currently serves on the board of directors for iTopia. Mr. MacFarland is passionate about community service and has championed numerous charitable and outreach programs. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in Computer Science and Engineering.
James F. Hollifield, Director & Professor, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies
Dr. Hollifield received his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 1985. He is the Ora Nixon Arnold Fellow of International Political Economy, Professor of Political Science, Director of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since 2001, Hollifield has been the Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. In addition to SMU, he has held faculty and research appointments at Duke, Harvard, Brandeis, and Auburn. In 1992-93 he was Associate Director of Research at the CNRS and the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales of the FNSP in Paris. From 1986 to 1992 he was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, where he co-chaired the French study group, and in 1991-92 he was an Associate at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. He has worked as a consultant on migration for various agencies of the U.S. Government, as well the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the ILO, and other international organizations.
Gregory P. Webb, Partner, Haynes & Boone, LLP
Greg Webb concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property law. In particular, he advises clients on business issues involving intellectual property rights. A focus of Greg’s practice is procuring and strategically enforcing patent rights for clients with domestic and international portfolios. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technological fields, including diagnostic imaging systems, medical devices, medical simulators, telecommunications, nanotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing and processing, computer networking, software and oil/gas well logging. In addition to procurement and enforcement of patent rights, Greg helps clients design and develop products that avoid infringement of competitor patents. He also drafts agreements and evaluates intellectual property assets in the context of mergers, acquisitions, research and development agreements and licensing agreements.