Global Nashville with Karl Dean
“Designing an Economic Model for Nashville as a City of the Future”
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00pm CT (8:00pm ET)
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00pm CT (8:00pm ET)
Join former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in his conversation with Amr El-Husseini, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, consultant, and business leader in what will be a stimulating conversation about the future of Nashville’s economy in the wake of current global events. As founder and CEO of Lodestone Advisory Group in Nashville, Amr will share his specialized insights and perspectives on the business challenges that, amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, requires cities like Nashville to pivot and reposition themselves for growth. He will talk about the need to focus Nashville business growth on creating jobs of the future from within the community rather than investing scarce resources on importing jobs, creating high quality jobs that spawn expansion of a knowledge economy – an ecosystem of jobs that are “sticky” and resilient to economic challenges. Amr will reflect on the experiences of cities that recreated themselves through innovation, entrepreneurship and smart investing. He will also address the implications of the “new normal” in the global economy, what that means for different industries, and how economies around the world could become more connected than before. You don’t want to miss this edition of “Global Nashville with Karl Dean” and Amr El-Husseini discussing inclusive economic models for Nashville as a city of the future.
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Amr El-Husseini, Founder and CEO Lodestone Advisory Group
A seasoned global investor and strategist, Amr has worked across five continents over the course of his career in corporate development, venture capital, turnaround and transformation, corporate strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, international expansion, and investment banking.
Prior to founding Lodestone, Amr served in several capacities, the last of which was the Head of International Development at the QIB Group. There, he was responsible for the bank’s international operations and strategic investments (M&A, Ventures and Integrations) as well as the bank’s international network stretching from the UK to Malaysia, where he led a number of successful turnarounds and restructuring assignments. Amr’s role with QIB also involved the development and execution of the bank’s international expansion strategy. Prior to his work at QIB, Amr worked in several banking and consulting roles with regional and international firms including Path Solutions, Fransabank, Ernst & Young, HSBC and Audi Bank.
Amr is a mentor at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s Innovation Center, a board member at the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council within Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC), and an advisory board member to the Tennessee World Affairs Council. He has also served on the selection/investment committees for a number of local and international accelerators. Recently, Amr served board of director terms for an international banking subsidiary of the QIB Group and the International Business Council of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Amr is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. He also received an MBA from the University of Wales, and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Rafik Hariri University where he was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award. Amr also holds the CIPA certification from AAOIFI. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Karl Dean was the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. He completed his second term in office on September 25, 2015. Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. He served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt. Dean was the Democrat Party nominee for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. Dean has been a Member of the Board of the Tennessee World Affairs Council since 2015.
LCDR Patrick Ryan, USN (Ret) is a native of New York City. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and volunteered for submarine duty. He served aboard nuclear fast attack and ballistic missile boats during the Cold War, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1982 he was commissioned and served aboard a cruiser in the Western Pacific before becoming a Navy Intelligence Officer. Ryan served aboard the carrier Constellation in the Pacific, the Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analysis, and the Intelligence Directorate of U.S. Central Command. Ryan retired from the Navy in 1998 and worked as a consultant on Intelligence Community projects and as the VP/COO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Ryan ran a newsletter publishing business on international affairs from 1999-2016. He founded the Tennessee World Affairs Council in 2007.
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