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June 23rd Ryan Issakainen At The Center Club


World Affairs Council of Orange County welcomes Ryan Issakainen.

Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist for First Trust Advisors


Event Sponsor: First Trust and Roya Cole, Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley

Ryan Issakainen is Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist for First Trust Advisors, L.P. Since joining First Trust in January of 2000, Mr. Issakainen has worked in various capacities with Unit Investment Trusts, Closed-Ended Funds, Structured Products, and Exchange-Traded Funds.

As an ETF Strategist at First Trust, Ryan provides in-depth analysis and commentary related to ETF investing, including a monthly ETF webcast for financial advisors, and a quarterly ETF newsletter. In addition to his research responsibilities, Ryan speaks at various ETF industry events and conferences throughout the country.

Mr. Issakainen has appeared on a number of radio and television outlets including CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg Radio, and WBBM Newsradio 780. In addition, he has given interviews to numerous print outlets including Investor’s Business Daily, Bloomberg, Reuters, InvestmentNews, Investment Advisor Magazine,, Index Universe, MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, US News and World Report, and Fortune Magazine.

Ryan holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He resides in upstate New York with his wife Lauren and children Abigail, Joshua, and Caleb.

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014

Location: The Center Club
650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626

Price: TBD

6:00 pm Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program

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June 22nd Afternoon Garden Tea Party

World Affairs Council of Orange County

British American Business Council OC

Request the pleasure of your company

For breathtaking views at our
Champagne High Tea
at the fabulous

Montage Resort
30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Sunday – June 22, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

A sumptuous afternoon tea, served with
Pimms, Champagne, Lemonade and Tea

Prize for the best hat
Silent Auction
Music, Champagne, Pimms, & Art
*Hats optional

Silent Auction benefiting
WAC and BABC Educational Outreach Programs

Members $75 * Non-Members $85

For questions, or should you wish to donate a SILENT AUCTION item
please contact Karen @ 949 253-5751

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June 12th Chris O’Connor, British Consul General and Dr. Bernd Fischer, German Consul General

World Affairs Council of Orange CountyandBritish American Business Councilpresents

Consul General Panel:

The Honorable Chris O’Connor,
Consul General of Britain


The Honorable Dr. Bernd Fischer,
Consul General of Germany

Moderator: Serge Tomassian

“Consul General Panel – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)”

In the past two decades the world has seen a push towards free trade agreements between nations and economic blocs. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to expand the already massive trade relationship between the US and the European Union. Its proponents argue that the new trade agreement’s elimination of tariffs and reduction of differences in regulations and standards will boost both economies by as much as $301 billion a year. Both economies already maintain the largest investment relationship in the world at over $3.7 trillion.
What are the biggest challenges facing this agreement? What are the projected gains for various industries in the US and EU? How can the US and the EU successfully coordinate their divergent regulations on health standards and the environment? How should the parties respond to popular protests against the agreement? Two distinguished Consuls General will address these issues at a panel discussion at an upcoming WACOC dinner program. British Consul General Chris O’Connor
Chris O’Connor most recently served as the UK’s Ambassador to Tunisia from November 2008 to June 2013. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1993. Since then he’s been posted in Cairo, Riyadh, Brussels, Ottawa, Beirut and Tunis. He also worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office headquarters in London.
In London he worked on Southern European issues, United Nations issues and as Head of the Middle East Peace Process Team from 2004-2005.In the Middle East/North Africa region he was posted in Cairo (1995-96) as Attache, with the purpose of learning Arabic, Riyadh as Second Secretary (1996-1999) and Beirut as Deputy Head of Mission (2006-2008). Outside of the region he worked at the UK delegation to NATO, where he focused on Kosovo issues and as Head of Political Section in Ottawa (2000-2003). Chris also had the opportunity to work on secondment to the Canadian Department for Foreign Affairs (1999-2000).

Chris is married to Martha Nelems who is Canadian. They have two daughters. He spends most of his leisure time enjoying their company, but he also plays tennis and snooker when the opportunity arises and enjoys a range of other sports.

German Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer
Dr. Bernd Fischer, who holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Heidelberg University and most recently served as German Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, has been head of the German Consulate General in Los Angeles since July 10, 2012. Prior posts of his Foreign Service career include the embassies in Washington, Tokyo, New York and various positions at the German Foreign Office headquarters in Bonn and Berlin. As Consul General in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah he seeks to foster and deepen German-American relations.

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014Location: Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd.,Irvine, Ca. 92614Self Parking – Complimentary (included in ticket price)6:00 pm General Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program

Members – $60 * Non-Members – $75
Member (Table of 10) – $550 * Non-Member (Table of 10) – $700 * Student – $45

Member – Program Only – $10

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