• 20 Nov 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Pictured... Liga Hoy, advisory board member of Global Chamber San Francisco, celebrating and honoring Latvia's 100 years 1918-2018.


  • 19 Oct 2018 by Global Chamber

    Roberto Azevedo, head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), warned in a London speech on Wednesday, October 17th, that escalating trade wars "pose real risks" to the global economy, potentially threatening millions of jobs,. In theory, the goal for American tariffs is to negotiate lower tariffs or eliminate them altogether.

    Over 50 percent of the U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports are on intermediate goods, parts and materials used to make finished U.S. products. This means that production costs have dramatically increased for small and mid-sized businesses. 

    WTO economists calculate that as China, the EU, Canada, Mexico, and other countries respond in kind to American tariffs, global trade growth will decline by 17 percent, which will result in overall global economic growth slowing by 1.9%.

    Mark Lohsen

    Executive Director, Global Chamber Charlotte

  • 14 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The Ignite Institute of Berkeley develops visionary, socially responsible leaders and organizations by harnessing the wisdom of ancient, sacred teachings to guide the ethical application of disruptive innovation. They do this by partnering with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to deliver a wide range of ground-breaking programs.

    Their next program has been announced!

    The Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future

    This is a 4-month program on design thinking, innovation, organizational sustainability and finding your authentic leadership style . 

    The next cohort starts February 2019.

    Learn more by contacting Ignite Institute, Doug Bruhnke at Global Chamber San Francisco, or attend their November 14th free event HERE.

    Learn more about Ignite Institute HERE.


  • 06 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thanks to our extraordinary Board of Advisors and other members for your ideas on upcoming events.

    We're planning events for the next 5 quarters. Members - your input is welcome!!

    On events of different types...

    First there will be regular Advisory Board meetings, and we last met on September  17th. Next up... Thursday, December 13th, 4-5pm. More

    Then ongoing we will decide the meeting frequency at the December meeting. Typically I would suggest these be quarterly, possibly part of other events like the Exporter series being planned for 2019.

    I also suggest that we consider a Young Global Leaders (YGL) series in parallel to other programming. These can be helpful to connect to younger leaders in the community who may be at firms that are not members yet.

    Often Global Chamber chapters do tours of global business organizations... and so there can be 2-3 of those, typically every year. And most do events with collaborators, and we're blessed to be working with a variety of outstanding regional organizations including BABC - SF.

    Invariably there are other opportunities that come up all year long from our members, the consulates and other visitors. These are periodic opportunities.

    And finally Global Chamber has weekly globinars - for our members to tap in to the latest trends and tips on global business opportunities. Those happen in parallel to all the chapter activity described here.

    And so in addition to these other events and activities, here is a DRAFT of our event agenda for 4Q2018 and through 2019.

    Your thoughts? Let me know at

    Draft for Review

    (Additional Events to Advisory Board, YGL, Tours, Collaborator Events, Periodic Opportunities and Weekly Globinars)

    December, 2018: Women in Global Leadership OR The Year that Was + 2019 Predictions

    January, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme - Financing Exports

    February, 2019 GCSF: Young Global Leaders & Entrepreneurship

    March, 2019 GCSF: International State of the Metro

    April, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme - Marketing & Logistics

    May, 2019 GCSF: Grow Globally Fair San Francisco

    June, 2019 GCSF: Leveraging Diversity for Global Success

    July, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme - Legal Issues

    August, 2019 GCSF: HOT New Global Markets

    September, 2019 GCSF: Global Business of Wine (with GC Sacramento)

    October, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme Technology

    November, 2019 GCSF: Welcome Global Companies to the Bay Area

    December, 2019 GCSF: Women in Global Leadership


    All the best, Doug


  • 25 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Last week we met as an advisory board for a catch-up meeting. Most members were able to attend or I was able to connect separately.

    Thank you to the amazing and talented leaders who are part of this team! 

    We discussed further putting together programming for 4Q18 and 2019, and we're working on it. Watch for more soon!

    In addition we have new members to the advisory board! Three more global superstars...


    Donaji Montes Estrada

    CEO at Intechnational

    Donaji Montes Estrada is the CEO and founder of Intechnational LLC, a​ consulting firm based in the Silicon Valley that helps technology businesses with their international business and projects.  Donaji is a bilingual and bicultural professional with 11 years of experience working with technology companies. Donaji worked for The US Mexico Foundation for Science Inc, in the Technology Business Accelerator program (TechBA) in Arizona and Silicon Valley. Donaji holds a BA in Management and Business Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a University of Cambridge Diploma on Strategic Roadmapping, and a Global Innovation Leadership Workshop Diploma from Stanford University.


    Lucie Newcomb

    President and CEO/CMO of The NewComm Global Group

    Lucie is President and CEO/CMO of The NewComm Global Group, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based international management consulting firm, specializing in Global Business success  and a founding Collaboration Partner of the Global Chamber of San Francisco. Focusing on the B2B Technology and Services sectors, Lucie builds client brands and revenue streams worldwide, including Emerging Markets. A former resident of both the UK and South Africa, she specializes in the EMEA and ASEAN regions, working with leaders, such as Cisco, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. State Department, as well as startups and governments.
    In addition to her role at NewCommGlobal, Lucie has been on the Advisory Board of Brand2Global, a leading global marketing and international brands conference, and is an active member of the Silicon Valley ecosystem with memberships in the Churchill Club, Women in International Trade and the United Nations Association. She has served as a mentor and advocate with the U.S. Department of State’s Global Science, Innovation and Technology program (GIST), TechWomen, 3Plus International and has advised accelerators in Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan. Lucie is a frequent public speaker, including SXSW, on Global Leadership, Marketing, Public Diplomacy and Global Business. She has been selected as a Women of Influence Honoree by the Silicon Valley Business Journal; a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit; and an expert presenter for the esteemed U.S. Department of State’s Speaker Program.


    Prem Talreja

    Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor      

    Prem is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, advisor and mentor. He is a Resident Advisor at The Fabric and Emergent VC and has extensive experience in semiconductors, cloud infrastructure, machine learning, predictive analytics, and enterprise SaaS applications. He specializing in early stage customer acquisition, product definition, value mapping, competitive analysis, and marketing communication. For several years, he has been a lecturer at UC Extension in Silicon Valley. Prem holds a BSEE from BITS-Pilani, India, MSEE from Univ. of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Duke Univ. Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC.


    Last week Prem jumped right in to the advisory board meeting and then a delegation visiting from China that Veronica Li, Director of China Programs for Global Chamber San Francisco had arranged. That was an intensely interesting visit by 30 executives from China that included a meeting Veronica had arranged at Google. Thank you, Veronica!

    And thank you Donaji, Lucie and Prem... and everyone on the advisory board HERE. More to come.

    Next watch the draft of events for 4Q and 2019. Thank you Kim and Adam of UPS in particular for your input.

    Doug Bruhnke


  • 04 Sep 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The members that we work with every day make the world a better place through business and trade. 

    Trade grows opportunities and facilitates wealth transfer, raising the living standard in trading communities. You are our heroes... thank you!! 

    Trade is a bigger cause than any one of us doing business on our own, and so please continue reaching out for more opportunities to increase your success, and our collective success. Attend our weekly events and reach out to our worldwide team for warm connections that help you be global and UNSTOPPABLE!

    Doug Bruhnke, Global Chamber

    "Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you, but is not defined by your existence alone." - Senator John McCain

  • 27 Aug 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Please join USIBC and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a Town Hall Discussion with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Honorable Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India. 

    The topic, “Promoting Digital India and Economic Growth,” links discussions with the Minister and leading business and civil society leaders to the central objectives of the Prime Minister’s Digital India program.  

    Digital India is a vision that seeks to transform Indian society, business and government through vital programs such as Make-in-India, Invest India, MeghRaj, Digital Payments, and introduction of advanced technologies. 

    More at this LINK. The event is August 27th at 6pm in Menlo Park.



  • 23 Jun 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    We're now staging events every week that benefit companies in the Bay Area looking to grow regionally and globally.

    Global Chamber San Francisco is ramping up. Learn more about our unique approach to creating warm connections to new opportunities.

    Contact us.

    Thank you for all our supporters in the area!!

    Doug Bruhnke, founder/CEO

  • 19 Dec 2017 by Global Chamber

    Multi-metro webinars are events organized by Global Chamber® that are held in two or more metros 'in person', and attendees can attend LIVE from anywhere in the world. Members learn AND may be connected to any speaker and attendee.

    Coming up there are many events that members in San Francisco can participate in... to find new opportunities and more.

    Check out some of those HERE and contact us for more information.

  • 15 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    On November 14, the Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) in partnership with Fitgzerald & Law, Randstad Professionals, the Global Payroll Management Institute (GPMI) and the Ignite Institute, successfully organized and hosted the "Gig Economy: Emerging Trends & Keys to Retaining Top Talent" event in Palo Alto.

    Thank you to our members, collaborators, speakers and other participants!

    There was a strong turn out for the event, which kicked off with a keynote speech delivered by Professor William B. Gould IV, the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford Law School. Professor Gould IV highlighted key distinctions, considerations and recent legal cases related to the on-demand transportation economy and ongoing efforts to define gig workers particularly as it relates to employer's obligations and duty to provide benefits to its workforce.

    Following Professor Gould's speech, Melissa Harkom of Fitzgerald & Law moderated the first panel discussion focused on further defining and better understanding strategic and tactical considerations and benefits when employing full-time and contingent workers.

    Thereafter, Angela Martin of iiPay, moderated the second panel focused on leading practices and approaches for establishing and sustaining international operations and a globally distributed workforce.

    Finally, Dana Shaw-Arimoto of Phoenix5 LLC moderated the third and final panel discussion focused on employer best practices for finding and retaining the best talent now and in a future. 

    The event concluded with comments from Cooley LLP partner Gordon Ho followed by a lively and enjoyable networking reception over cocktails.

    Thanks again to sponsors Cooley LLP and iiPay for a wonderful evening!


  • 26 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) in partnership with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) with regional collaborators Tuatuara Group and Cal-Asia, successfully hosted senior delegates from Vietnam Electricity National Power Transmission (EVNNPT), GCSF members and other Silicon Valley-based executives at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco.

    Local members and executives attended the event to learn, network and identify potential new business / collaboration opportunities in support of Vietnam's Power Transmission modernization plans. The goal of reverse trade missions with USTDA is for U.S. companies to connect to investment and export opportunities.

    EVNNPT and Silicon Valley-based Autogrid gave presentations. Additionally, Henry Ines, Executive Director of the GCSF, David Ross of USTDA and Kevin Levey, partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Washington D.C. provided commentary and remarks.

    The event concluded with a lively and productive networking reception. It was a wonderful and insightful evening with new business relationships established. 

    Thanks again to Squire Patton Boggs for hosting the event!


  • 29 Sep 2017 by Global Chamber

    We are pleased to announce our new collaboration with the Ignite Institute, a leadership and innovation lab in Berkeley, which is launching an innovative leadership and certificate program developed to help organizations to harness the rapidly changing environment as an asset.

    Designed and delivered by the Ignite Institute, the special Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future program is designed to help executives and professionals in for profit, non-profit, healthcare, and government develop their authentic leadership style and critical skills for inspiring, leading, and managing their organizations for sustainable growth during times of exponential change.

    This program, designed for working professionals, includes both academic and experiential learning to deliver deeper insights into developing the critical forward-thinking mindset for an unpredictable future and the innovation and practical business skills needed for today’s challenging environment. The certificate will prepare leaders to navigate the future, not just react to it. 

    Select courses include:

    • Technoethics: How can we use and innovate with technology in ethically and socially responsible ways?;
    • Leadership - A Fusion of Demographics & Social Identities: where leadership styles at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, age, and religion are analyzed and applied to one’s own reality;
    • Design Thinking: a solution-focused methodology to solve complex challenges; and
    • Culminating in a hands-on Capstone Project incorporating design thinking to recommend a solution to an organization’s challenge in the areas of innovation, environment, productivity, or diversity and inclusion.

    Participating faculty range from Silicon Valley innovation practitioners to tenured faculty in theology, who adeptly apply ancient learnings to today’s unprecedented times. Global Chamber members are eligible for a special discounted rate.

    For additional information, please contact Derene Allen at; or Henry Ines at


  • 08 May 2017 by Global Chamber

    Special thanks to Sanjit Singh Dangh (Intel Capital), MK Li (UpHonest Capital), Olina Qian (SVACE), Fyodor Ovchinnikov (IEL), and Andrew Wasserman (STRIVR) for speaking at and providing attendees with timely guidance, advice and important lessons learned during our 2nd Annual International Student Symposium 2017, which was held on May 04, 2017 at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA.


    Additionally, attendees also gained valuable insights on the global talent marketplace trends, opportunities, and related best practices from an excellent HR and recruiter panel, moderated by GCSF Board of Advisors member Dorien Woudenberg  (Randstad), to include Alex Mentele (Tesla), Rona Petroni (Bank of the West), and Linda Spencer (Randstad).

    Finally, we are also especially grateful to our event sponsors and partners OnePiece Work, Sofia University, University of San Francisco, Nanyang Technology University, Randstad, and ApiNXT in addition to special guest exhibitors Acton Global and STRIVR Labs for helping to make this event such a great success and memorable experience for all! 

  • 05 May 2017 by Global Chamber

    Thanks to all of the students, speakers, panelists, startups & founders in attendance for making the 2nd Annual International Student Symposium 2017 such a great success. Inspiring, open, insightful and fun evening with attendees representing a multitude of nationalities ranging from USA, Canada, China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nicaragua to Saudi Arabia. Look forward to doing it again in 2018!


  • 19 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    Congrats to Global Chamber member Alice Hlidkova for her organization of the "Career Development Opportunities and Pathways Discussion Forum" as part of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Tepper School of Business' Silicon Valley Capstone Program "Building Inclusive, Diversified Teams and Networks to Enable and Sustain Innovation",

    The event was held April 19, 2017 in Mountain View. The Forum provided an unique opportunity for panelists and CMU MBA & Public Policy / Management graduate students to discuss a variety of topics to include diversity, women leadership, startup success in and the future of Silicon Valley.

    Among the distinguished panel of executives in attendance included Global Chamber San Francisco (GCSF) Board of Advisory Members Chia-Lin Simmons and Tatyana Kanzavelli. GCSF member / Collaborator Lucie Newcomb and GCSF Executive Director Henry Ines were also in attendance. 

    Contact us for more information.

  • 20 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    Register now for the GCSF's 2nd International Student Symposium 2017, which will be held on May 04, 2017 in Silicon Valley. International and local graduate students will again convene in Silicon Valley for a night of socializing, fun, learning, & networking with local startups / founders, execs and companies. Discover potential new opportunities, latest technologies, and trends in Silicon Valley and also receive timely career and professional development advice. Pizza and drinks will be served. In addition to an amazing group of speakers and panelists, special exhibitors Acton & STRIVR Labs will also be in attendance! Come check out Acton's amazing e-skateboards and STRIVR Labs' fantastic virtual reality technologies! 



  • 06 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) organized and just completed an incredible week long program for a group of senior & C-level executives from Southeast Asia, who traveled to Silicon Valley in order to identify digital transformation opportunities and potential new strategic initiatives for their respective businesses.

    GCSF hosted the group and developed a unique program comprised of private corporate visits, lectures, and industry conferences. Attendees were able to gain significant insights on latest Silicon Valley trends, innovations, technologies, and potential new opportunities for their respective businesses; and able to meet and explore potential future business relationships with local GCSF members and partners / affiliates.

    Thanks to all participants for a memorable and enjoyable week and the opportunity to establish new business inroads in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Southeast Asia. For more information on the GCSF and our custom programs, please contact Henry Ines at

  • 23 Nov 2016


    CONGRATULATIONS to all of the student teams who participated in Global Chamber® San Francisco's (GCSF) inaugural Global Case Challenge 2016, an international student ideation and business pitch competition, which was held on November 10-11, 2016 in San Francisco.

    Students were asked to pitch an innovative idea, solution, and new venture which could uniquely address a particular global or local issue.  An esteemed panel of judges evaluated each team's pitch and ideas, focusing on the type of problem students were trying to solve, the presentation, business viability, and other factors. The judges were pleased with all of the student teams' performance, passion and preparation.

    TOP Prize went to Team "Life Chair" from South Korea. The co-founders Jin Seok Ha and Hee Won Jin are biomedical engineers from Yonsei University in South Korea. The team created an innovative and proprietary product design for a combo chair & personal flotation device. They were inspired to develop the product in the aftermath of the recent ferry tragedies in Asia. The judges were very impressed with the team's presentation, product design, bold vision and potential for considerable social impact. With their 1st place finish, Team Life Chair wins a very special prize: lunch with legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. Wow! Congratulations to Team Life Chair!


     SECOND Place went to Team "CarbonCraft", led by San Jose State University (SJSU) student Matthew White. The Team is developing a unique and timely online gaming and education platform focused on climate change, environment, and sustainability issues. The platform will offer a one-stop-shop for apps and games developed by both CarbonCraft and external developers. The proprietary software platform will also provide a teacher dashboard, in-game assessment, multiplayer support, and other functionalities.  As the runner-up, Team CarbonCraft won an amazing externship opportunity with Silicon Valley startup EVAOS, which develops, builds, and sells innovative vehicle add-on systems that upgrade light-duty and medium-duty trucks into plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle. EVAOS currently offers upgrades for Ford F-150, F-250, and F-350 pickup trucks. Congratulations to Team CarbonCraft and thank you EVAOS CEO Richard Simpkins for coming out and presenting the special award to the team!


    THIRD Place was awarded to Team "H2fl0w", comprised of students Michelle Vu, Manpreet Singh, Kent Tran, Mohak Rastogi, and Emilie Wang from San Jose State University. Team H2fl0w is developing an innovative water conservation and sensor-based product solution, which will allow home-owners to more effectively monitor water usage at each outlet. The judges were very impressed with the team's presentation and efforts to tackle a very important problem that is highly relevant in the SF Bay area. For their achievement, the team was awarded career counseling, coaching & preparatory sessions with Randstad Professionals. The team will gain invaluable insights and guidance from Randstad and learn how to more effectively market and position themselves in the marketplace. Congratulations to Team H2fl0w!

    Congratulations to all of the students who participated in our Global Case Challenge 2016. It was a fantastic event that showcased some of the brightest students and future business leaders with a desire for global impact. All of these students show great promise and have a bright future ahead. 

    Thank you to all of the local companies, professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs, whom collectively generously offered great prizes and their valuable time and resources to support these students and this event.

    A special THANKS goes out to Tim Draper, EVAOS, Randstad Professionals and SLUSH for the generous and amazing prizes; our partners Silicon Valley Institute, uBegin, StartupHouse, apiNXT, SLUSH and Treehouse Space; the esteemed panel of judges; our sponsors, Board, & members; and of course all of the academic officials and students in attendance for making this event such a great success. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to the next Global Case Challenge in 2017! 

  • The Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) is pleased to announce its new member and Chairman Sponsor: UPS North California District (UPS NorCal). The North California District, one of 17 UPS Districts in the USA, includes the northern portions of California and Nevada serving cities such as Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Reno. UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. In 2015, UPS generated $58.4 billion in revenue with a delivery volume of more than 4.7 billion packages and documents. UPS maintains a delivery fleet of 104,926 package cars, vans, tractors, motorcycles, including more than 7,200 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles; and 237 jet aircraft. Warm welcome to UPS NorCal! 

  • The Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) is pleased to announce its new member and Visionary SponsorIntegrated International Payroll (iiPay), a leading cloud-based global payroll solutions company. iiPay's technology has enabled a new paradigm in global payroll management capabilities. iiPay has implementations in over 120 countries and has been an integral part of payroll process for 270+ businesses around the globe, from SMEs to Fortune 100 organizations. iiPay partners with clients to match expertise and technology solutions with innovative ways to approach global payroll challenges. Allowing iiPay's clients to be more productive, more efficient, more adaptable and ultimately better equipped for compliance, internationalization and ensuring overall employee satisfactions and productivity. Warm welcome to iiPay! 

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