Save the date! Next Conference February 23 – 26, 2021
8th Annual Conference February 18 – 21, 2020
Join us for the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs! This year’s 3-1/2 day event begins with a Keynote Address at the Palladium, 5:00 pm Feb. 18, and ends with a Closing Address at Fox Hall - Eckerd College, 7:00 pm Feb. 21. Panel Discussions are daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Feb. 19 – 21 at University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) Student Center and Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Admission is free and open to the public.
Expand Your World View………. Further!
The success of the Saint Petersburg Conference on World Affairs inspired Mayor Rick Kriseman last year to proclaim the creation of St Petersburg International Week to run concurrently with the conference. During the week of Feb 17 – 21 we will be offering additional activities in support of our program, including various international culinary and artistic events.
Speakers for 2020 Conference
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. Here is a peek at some of them.
William JordanU.S. Foreign Service Political Officer

William Jordan served for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer in the U.S. Foreign Service specializing in the Arab world and France. His overseas assignments included Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Tunis, Tunisia; Damascus, Syria; Amman, Jordan; Paris, France; and Algiers, Algeria, where he served in his final posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission. His responsibilities in the Arab world included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends, especially as they related to the United States, as well as internal politics, human rights conditions, and the rise of radical Islamist forces. From 1997-2001, Mr. Jordan was the reporting officer in Paris for labor issues and internal politics. He returned to Paris in 2007-2009 to work on the Near East and North Africa as well as Russia (including during and after the 2008 Georgia crisis).

Elizabeth Scott Osborne Lawyer, Writer, Teacher, and International Development professional

Scott is a lawyer, writer, teacher, and international development professional; she focusses on gender equity and education. She has worked with non-profits for over three decades, living in seven countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and traveling to 35 more. Scott created and produced a play, SPOILED, about violence and masculinity in India and the US; designs curricula for an educational venture; is writing a book about the lives of girls and nuns in a shelter home in India; and consults regularly with non-profits working in developing countries. She serves on the board of the UN Women USA, is President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women, and selects grantees for Dining for Women.

Dave JonesFounder & CEO StormCenter Communications, Inc. and AMS Fellow, Former Broadcast Meteorologist

Dave Jones is a 35-year veteran of the weather industry and worked as an on-air meteorologist for NBC4 WRC-TV, the NBC Owned and Operated TV station in Washington, DC for nearly a decade in the 1990s. He also appeared multiple times on the NBC Today Show, NBC Europe and CNBC Asia. While working for NBC, Dave developed the FIRST television weather website in the nation in 1995 and launched a new era in communicating NASA data to the public. The website, “WeatherNet4” positioned NBC4 in Washington, DC and NBC across the nation as a broadcast leader and early innovator of Internet technology.

Brian TurnbullVisiting Instructor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Brian Turnbull, PhD is a Visiting Instructor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in comparative politics and American government. His research agenda focuses on the use of gender quotas to improve representational equality in the global South. His current book manuscript, “Women Who Only Serve Chai: Gender Reservations and Autonomy in India”, is based on qualitative interviews with city councilors in Jaipur, India and explores the challenges to building representation through gender quotas for women within a patriarchal society. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Kansas. Prior, he received his MA in security studies from Georgetown University.

Linda WhitefordProfessor of Anthropology and Founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Social Marketing

Linda M. Whiteford holds a Doctorate degree in Anthropology as well as a Masters degree in Public Health, and another Masters degree in Anthropology. She is an Emerita Professor and a Founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Non-Communicable Disease at USF, and is also co- creator of the Social Marketing for Social Change Certification Program. Dr. Whiteford has consulted for WHO, PAHO, USAID, the World Bank, and the Canadian Agency for International Development, among other international development agencies. She has received National Science Foundation (NSF) research awards, School for Advanced Research Seminar Awards, The Sol Tax Award for Distinguished Service to Anthropology, and selected as Scholar of the Year by various universities. Dr. Whiteford’s research and consulting has occurred in Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Argentina, Ghana, Cameroon, and Malaysia, as well as in other countries. Previously she was Vice Provost for Program Development and Review, Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs, and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the University of South Florida, and is a highly sought-after speaker, the author of numerous articles, and eight books. Currently she is actively engaged in the University College London project, RReal, applying qualitative methods to global health care, and with the Global Rapid Response Team working with highly infective diseases.

Michael BiceConsultant & Lecturer, Digital Health Technologies

For twenty-five years, Mr. Bice served as a top level executive at leading academic medical centers and multi-state health systems, including the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI; University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA; and Lutheran Health Systems, Fargo, ND. Additionally, Mr. Bice has had extensive consultancy experience with Marsh & McLennan, a global financial services company, helping healthcare clients identify and manage business risk. In this capacity, he has had international, as well as national clients. Beginning in 2010, he designed and launched a new, totally online graduate program in Health Informatics at Kent State University.