Thursday, January 28th, 2021 – 1:00 PM PDT

The World Affairs Councils of Orange County Presents:

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Global Macro Trends Shaping 2021 and Beyond

Free Webinar with Samuel Brannen

Moderated by Rick Putnam

Director Sam Brannen leads the Risk and Foresight Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior fellow in the International Security Program. He has previously served as a long-range strategic planner and adviser to senior leaders in government and business. The newly established Risk and Foresight Group is charged with providing decision makers with insights into the forces of change reshaping the global environment, from shifting demographics to emerging technologies.

Brannen returned to CSIS in fall 2018 after spending four years as director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, where he advised CEOs on the business implications of global macro-trends and conducted 5- to 10-year assessments of countries, sectors, and industries. Previously at CSIS, he was a senior fellow and led research on unmanned systems, shifting geopolitics, and defense strategic planning.

Brannen also held multiple positions at the Pentagon, including advising on strategy and foresight issues and serving as country director for Turkey in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity University in Texas.

Rick Putnam serves as a Trustee, and as Vice-Chair of the Programs Committee, for the World Affairs Council of Orange County.

Professionally, he works at commercial real estate finance/brokerage with Kidder Mathews in Irvine, CA, and specializes in industrial investment.  Previous to that he was Managing Director with Deutsche Bank Real Estate, and prior had founded Trammell Crow Company’s Capital Markets Group in the mid-1990’s  He began his finance career with JPMorgan in New York City in 1988.  Rick earned his BA in Political Science at Stanford University where he studied under Condoleeza Rice, and his MBA at the Anderson School /UCLA.

Born and raised in New England, Rick now resides in Laguna Beach, CA with his wife Evalyn, where they raised two daughters.  He is an avid skier, amateur mountaineer, and part-time rancher on the Central Coast.

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