International Hot Topic Series: Myanmar for Business and Trade

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

International Hot Topic Series: Myanmar for Business and Trade


Benjamin Shobert
Founder and Managing Director
Rubicon Strategy Group

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Downtown Seattle

$10 for students
$20 for members
$30 for non-members
$35 at the door

Register Online


Join the Trade Alliance for a look at what’s taking place in Myanmar and the opportunities that lie in business and trade with this fast-transitioning, frontier market.

In the last two years Myanmar has embarked on a path of significant political and economic transition, from a military system to a democracy and from a centrally planned economy to a market driven economy. We will look at the challenges and opportunities that Myanmar faces today and what this means in terms of business.

Ben Shobert is the Founder and Managing Director of Seattle-based Rubicon Strategy Group, a boutique consulting firm specialized in market access work in China’s healthcare, life science and senior care industries. Rubicon also provides market entry and project management services for healthcare companies across Southeast Asia. In 2013, Rubicon will complete the first syndicated research report on Myanmar’s healthcare system.

He is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and holds advisory board seats at Indiana University’s Research Center on Chinese Politics and Business and IAHSA China. In 2012, he became a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. For six years, he wrote a column for the Asia Times on US-China trade and economic policy matters, with a particular focus on how relations between the two countries are being impacted post the 2008 financial crisis. In addition, Ben’s work has been featured at the Harvard Asia Quarterly, CNBC, China Business Review, Fortune Magazine (China). In late 2012, he became a new columnist at Forbes China. In August, his analysis of how the Chinese view President Obama’s leadership will be published as part of the new book The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century.

About the International Hot Topic Series

Keep your finger on the pulse of the fast-moving world of international business and trade. From current events in Brazil to transitioning Myanmar you’ll gain the latest insights into world events from a business perspective.


Registration: The cost for the program is $10 for students, $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $35 at the door. Please register online or contact Samantha Paxton at [email protected] or (206) 389-7319.

Co-sponsored by:

Co-promoted by:

Seattle Burma Roundtable
World Affairs Council
World Trade Center Tacoma

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