Speaker Date Topic
Ambassador Michael N. Nemelka Jan 20, 2022 6:30 PM
Global Trade Policy (In-person presentation at Normandie Farm)
Global Trade Policy (In-person presentation at Normandie Farm)

Ambassador Michael N. Nemelka returned to Kellogg Hansen in 2020 after serving as the Deputy United States Trade Representative for Africa, China, the Western Hemisphere, and Investment, Services, Labor, and Environment.  In addition, he was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of intellectual property, market access, and industrial competitiveness.  Ambassador Nemelka was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote without opposition.  As Deputy United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Nemelka formulated and implemented U.S. trade policy for the regions and issues under his purview, led important trade negotiations, and developed and executed strategies to address trade barriers and unfair trade practices in countries around the world.  Ambassador Nemelka played a key role in the successful implementation and launch of the new United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement, which replaced NAFTA, and in the monitoring and enforcement of the groundbreaking China Phase I deal.  He also served as the lead negotiator for the proposed free trade agreement with the Republic of Kenya, which would be the first such agreement between the United States and a country in sub-Saharan Africa, and negotiated important trade agreements with Ecuador and Brazil.  Prior to being confirmed as Deputy United States Trade Representative, he served as special advisor to Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative.

Ambassador Nemelka helps clients navigate challenges and barriers in international trade and investment, and in dispute resolution before international trade tribunals and arbitrations.  He also specializes in complex commercial litigation, and has experience across a broad range of civil and criminal matters.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration panels.  He has represented corporate and individual clients in cases involving antitrust liability, trust administration, breach of contract, intellectual property, and government securities and FCPA investigations.

Michael Nemelka: Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick (kellogghansen.com)

 

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Jan 27, 2022 6:30 PM
Nabil Bedewi Feb 03, 2022 6:30 PM
Believe in Belize - Annual Update
Believe in Belize - Annual Update
Nabil is a co-Founder of Believe in Belize.  After visiting Belize with his wife, Kareen, for the first time in 2013, they fell in love with the country and decided to make it their home away from home.
 
Nabil retired as a Georgetown University professor in 2011. He spent 29 years of his professional career in Information Technology and Project Management, spanning the government, commercial and education sectors. He has academic degrees in Aerospace Engineering (Bachelor of Science), Systems Engineering (Masters of Science) and Engineering Management with specialty in Artificial Intelligence and Human Factors (Doctor of Science).  He is married and has one daughter.   Nabil's family origin is from Lebanon, but he was born in Egypt, raised in Kuwait and has lived in the US since 1979.  Nabil is a Rotarian (since 2007), member of the Paul Harris Society and a member of the Rotary Club of Potomac-Bethesda.  In his free time he enjoys watching sports and learning about history.  
Homeless Women Service Project Feb 10, 2022 6:30 PM
Distribution for Scarves at Interfaith Works, 2 Taft Court, Rockville
JoAnn Hill, Author Feb 17, 2022 6:30 PM
Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure - In-Person
Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure - In-Person

Around the world, Washington, DC, is known for its powerful government, majestic monuments, and world renowned museums. Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure reminds us that the fabric of the city isn’t solely embedded in its callous political parties, exhausting lawmaking policies, and rampant tourism. Rather, it’s woven through its rich and complex history, mysterious relics, underground societies, forgotten and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals. From the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and Francis Scott Key’s son, to crimes of passion and rage at the US Capitol, Secret Washington, DC uncovers many of the dark and untold truths of how our nation emerged. At the same time, it shines a bright light on the capital’s numerous signs of creativity and innovation through the exploration of quirky art installations like Foamhenge and Barbie Pond on Avenue Q, to oddly shaped and decorated homes like the Mushroom House and the Vanadu Art House. Local author and educator JoAnn Hill will introduce you to the other side of Washington, DC: a treasure trove of mystique, peculiarities, and hidden history just waiting to be explored. JoAnn Hill has lived in Washington, DC, with her husband Thalamus and dog Jackson for over 19 years. An avid traveler and foodie, JoAnn writes about their DC living and dining experiences, as well as their global travel adventures on her blog dcglobejotters.org. Her writing has been published in BELLA Magazine, Escape Artist, and Triptipedia. JoAnn served as a DC Public Schools teacher for 17 years before cofounding Capitol Teachers, a tutoring company servicing the greater DC area.

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Feb 24, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Mar 03, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Mar 10, 2022 6:30 PM
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Mar 17, 2022 6:30 PM
FYI: It's St. Patrick's Day
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Mar 24, 2022 6:30 PM
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Mar 31, 2022 6:30 PM
Dr. Robert Freedman Jun 16, 2022 6:30 PM
Middle East

Professor Freedman received his B.A. in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from Columbia University. He was an Assistant Professor of Russian History at the United States Military Academy and Associate Professor of Political Science and Russian at Marquette University, before his extended career in Baltimore as Professor of Political Science and later the President of the Baltimore Hebrew University, and now Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or co-author of five books on Soviet foreign policy and fifteen on Israel and the Middle East. He has consulted with U.S. and Israeli government agencies, served on significant government delegations, and been a commentator innumerable times on major news outlets.