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.
Chip HendersonSenior Security Consultant

Chip is a Senior Security Consultant at Pondurance, LLC with over 10 years of experience conducting Digital Forensics/Incident Response investigations and Penetration Testing for a wide range of clientele. His focus is primarily centered on Threat Hunting and Response, Host Based Analysis, and Incident Handling. Chip is able to accomplish full Chain of Custody and Acquisition of digital evidence to deliver meaningful results and convey risk. A versatile skillset allows him to accurately respond to incidents ranging from insider threat to malware outbreaks. Additionally, Chip is able to assess a network in a proactive manner to identify vulnerabilities that may leave a company at risk to cyber attacks, and guide the client through remediation to improve the overall security posture of the organization.

Allison QuatriniAssistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Global Affairs

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.

Madhu PandeyInstructor of Chemistry and Coordinator of Organic Chemistry Labs and PI for Study Abroad Program India related to Sustainability

Madhu is a Chemistry Instructor and Organic Chemistry Lab coordinator at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She started working at USF St. Petersburg in 2010. Since then she taught variety of courses in chemistry and developed few courses in chemistry. She conducted Study Abroad India Program on Sustainable development and energy Harvesting from Ambient Sources. Madhu received USF Mobility Award in 2016. She received VIVA Teaching Award for working with students with Disability.She established MOU between USF and Indian School of Mines in 2017, with a view to increasing ties and exchanges between the two institutions. Her recent research work

Donald MorrisonAuthor and Journalist

Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Maria Novoa PinzonInternational Student

Maria Clara is an International Student from Bogota, Colombia and has work in the world of Globalization since April 2017. Some of her experiences come from working in the Center for International Programs in St Petersburg College, the InterCultural Advocacy Institute in Clearwater as an interpreter and a bilingual assistant for Clearwater High School. Maria Clara has also been awarded with a Global Citizen Certificate and received the opportunity to speak at the Women’s Leadership Conference on Global issues.

Robin TruesdaleIndependent Documentary Filmmaker

Robin is an independent documentary filmmaker and an avid walker. In 2018, she crossed Northern Spain on foot along the Camino de Santiago where she experienced the ways that walking helps us to slow down, pay attention, and connect with community. Home in Colorado, she is a Walking Movement Leader with Walk2Connect. She is also a visual storyteller creating documentary films. Her newest release is Sweet Home Monteverde, the story of Alabama Quakers who, in 1950, left Alabama in search of a life of pacifism. They found it in a remote cloud forest in Costa Rica, a country that had just abolished its army.