The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discuss critical international issues of the day at each annual conference. The public, including students of USF St. Petersburg and other area universities, are cordially invited to attend the annual conferences free of charge. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis.

The launch of the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs has been a resounding success. Several hundred local residents and students attended each of the panels. Participants showed their support through both financial contributions as well as their overwhelmingly positive comments on the presentations.

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Contributions, therefore, are tax deductible beginning in fiscal year 2013. As civic-minded residents, the board of the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, as well as the organizing committee members include:

Board of Directors

Diane Seligsohn President and Chair of the Board, Journalist, filmmaker and professor with focus on media, France, sub-Saharan Africa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Douglas L. McElhaney President Emeritus, Ambassador (retired)  
Thomas Smith Secretary, Professor, University of South Florida St. Petersburg  
Michel Amblard Treasurer, Finance executive, retired CFO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Iqbal Paroo Former University President, Foundation President; Domestic & International Health Care Executive This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carol Cason Indep. Court Reporter (Ret), Franchise Regional Developer (Ret), Past Pres. nonprofit BOD  
Willi Rudowsky Program Manager (Ret), Retailer (Ret), Civic Activist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Maurice Kurtz Board Member, PR Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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