The 2019 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs was a huge success. The 3-1/2 Day event at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg drew hundreds of people to over 30 Panel Discussions. Speakers and panelists included distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing critical international issues of the day. Stay tuned for details about the 2020 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs scheduled for February 18 - 21, 2020.
Our Speakers
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. 2019 was no exception. With over 30 Panel Discussions, the 2019 Conference featured speakers and panelists of intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts for 3-1/2 days of discussions about critical international issues.
Karen DeeExecutive Coach, Speaker

Karen is a certified executive coach, thought leader and speaker. She is cofounder & managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group, LLC. Accendo is a leadership development company specializing in executive coaching, high performance team building, leadership seminars & workshops, roundtables for high potential women & minorities, and public speaking. Karen coaches exclusively at the executive level. She is an accomplished speaker and thought leader on topics to include: Establishing Your Leadership Brand, Building Trust and Team Commitment; Leading through Change; Emotional Intelligence; Executive Presence; Engaging People; Coaching for Enhanced Performance; and Leading a Multi Generational Workforce.

Amy RonshausenDrug Free America Foundation, Save Our Society From Drugs Executive Director

Amy Ronshausen is the new Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction.

Allison QuatriniAssistant Professor of Political Science

Allison Quatrini is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Global Affairs at Eckerd College. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on China, specifically its authoritarian state, and the politics of festivals and holidays. She is also interested in interpretive research methodology and the role of field-work in Political Science. Allison's research has been funded by the David I. Boren Fellowship, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU, and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at GWU.

Adriaan Buma Rear Admiral (lh) (ret.)

Adriaan Hopperus Buma is a public health physician who served in the Netherlands Navy for 38 years in various Fleet, Marine Corps and Joint Command and Staff functions. Among others he served as Medical Plans Officer at NATO HQ in Northwood (UK), Dep. AFOR Medical Advisor (Albania) and Senior Medical Officer on St. Martin after Hurricane Luis. As Senior Fleet Surgeon he was in charge of the national medical planning for UN missions to Eritrea (UNMEE) and Liberia (UNMIL). He was Commanding Officer of the joint deployable surgical teams which brought him to Iraq and Afghanistan. His final position was Inspector-General Military Health Care.

Bruce MableyCanadian Diplomat and Professor

Bruce Mabley is a retired Canadian diplomat having served abroad in Paris, Islamabad, Cairo, Amman and Ankara. Dr. Mabley has also taught Philosophy and Political Science at Laval, McGill, Carleton and Concordia universities. He holds a Doctorat in Philosophy (thesis: La pensée politique d'Albert Camus) from Université Laval in Québec City. In 2003, he was accepted in the Faculty of Law to perform post-doctoral work in Islamic Law and Politics until 2006.

Tiffany ChennevilleProfessor and Chair of Psychology

Dr. Chenneville is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg. She holds a Joint Appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics where she serves as a Behavioral Health Consultant for the Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease Program. Dr. Chenneville's primary program of research is in the area pediatric HIV with a focus on the psychosocial issues affecting children and youth with perinatally and behaviorally acquired HIV. Historically, Dr. Chenneville prioritized issues of law, policy, and ethics with a particular emphasis on the decisional capacity of children with HIV to participate in treatment and research along with global research ethics. She continues with these lines of research but, more recently, also has been engaged in community-based participatory research on HIV-related stigma among youth. Because HIV is a global disease, Dr. Chenneville is interested in cross-cultural research. She has worked in India and currently is working Kenya. Dr. Chenneville has contributed significantly to the literature with a multitude of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She recently published an edited book with Springer Publishing, A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice. Dr. Chenneville's work has been recognized through many awards and honors to include the USF World Global Achievement Faculty Award for International Research, the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Award, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award, and the USFSP Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research.

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