2019: The International Year of Transitions

2019 may be a year of significant political upheaval for Europe. While Brexit is one of the more notable upcoming transitions, the region will also have a new European Parliament and European Commission, as well as face a change in leadership across the EU’s institutions. This, amidst global adjustment to an uncertain and evolving transatlantic relationship. How will businesses—and the rest of the world—prepare for these shifts, as well the changing power dynamics within the multilateral sphere? Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the United Nations, joins us to share his insights.

João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who was appointed as EU Ambassador to the United Nations from 16 October 2015. Ambassador Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States of America, from 2010 to 2014. In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launching of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Prior to his appointment in Washington, Ambassador Vale de Almeida served as Director General of External Relations of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. He was also the Chief of Staff to the President of the European Commission and the EU’s G8 and G20 “Sherpa”.

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Event Details:


February 13, 2019


8:30 – 10:00 AM


KPMG | 345 Park Avenue, 37th Floor

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