• 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