On Wednesday, April 17, Barry Hughes lectured at the EE Computer Systems Colloquium at Stanford University to share the capabilities of the International Futures (IFs) modeling system. While in California, he also gave a presentation in Menlo Park on the impact of emerging technologies on society. The event was organized by the Atlantic Council for senior personnel of the Singapore’s Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS) group, which operates within the Office of Prime Minister.
Last month, on April 11, the Frederick S. Pardee Center hosted a presentation by Jakkie Cilliers, the founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) based in South Africa. Cilliers, who was visiting Denver on a Fulbright grant, spoke on the security challenges facing the African continent and explained how the African Union Commission (AUC) and its agencies work to ensure peace among Africa’s populations. With a focus on the AUC’s structure, he shared practical insights on the various and often overlapping roles of agencies and actors dealing with African security issues and drew attention to the AUC’s severe lack of resources. Cilliers will continue working with our team through the African Futures Project, an ongoing collaboration between the ISS and the Pardee Center.
Last month, the Pardee Center’s Interim Associate Director Jonathan Moyer traveled to South Africa to lead a two-day workshop with a wide range of South African issue-area experts. He worked with these experts to validate data used to forecast development in the nine provinces of the country using the IFs system. While there, Jonathan presented the International Futures system to two diplomatic missions in South Africa—the European Union Mission and the South Korean Embassy—as well as the Gauteng Province Planning Commission and the South African Treasury.
Arrow Electronics CEO Michael Long and CFO Paul Reilly joined the Pardee Center’s Director Barry Hughes and Interim Associate Director Jonathan Moyer last week to learn about the capabilities of the IFs system for long-term business strategy. Hughes and Moyer highlighted the usefulness of IFs for private sector firms, such as Arrow, in identifying growth potential in international markets. A Fortune 150 company, Arrow Electronics is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and boasts annual sales of more than $20 billion worldwide. The Pardee Center anticipates future opportunities to share the many strategy-related business applications of the IFs model with Arrow.
The Frederick S. Pardee Center is excited to showcase its two brand-new display monitors, recently installed in the conference room. The screens will be used in presentations for the center’s many VIP guests and will serve as great collaboration tools for the center’s staff and research assistants.