Sawyer Ambassadors and members of the International Business Club teamed up to offer the first student-run Global Business Conference on Saturday.

Students, faculty, and industry leaders came together to talk about how developed and emerging countries are shaping global businesses.

Business Leaders Share Their Experience

Alumnus Kashif Ahmed, MSF ’98, offered a first-hand perspective on the global business climate. He is the founder and president of American Private Wealth, LLC™. Born in Pakistan, Ahmed grew up in Kuwait and spent his career traveling the world. He’s been a consultant at top multinational organizations, including Citibank Global Relationship Banking, John Hancock Life Insurance Company, The World Bank, and the Government of Uzbekistan.

Matthew Smith, vice president and general manager of EquipNet Latin America, also spoke about his experiences. He’s spent more than 20 years developing new businesses in both emerging and developed countries.

Smith joined EquipNet in 2002 and was part of the team that rescued the company from a multi-million dollar cash burn. Today, EquipNet operates the world’s largest online marketplace for used industrial equipment and serves customers in more than 165 countries.

Since 2011, Smith has been leading EquipNet LatAm, which has quickly become EquipNet’s fast-growing business unit. Smith credits much of this success to the Suffolk alumni on his staff.

Students Present Their Research

Three Suffolk students shared the results of their independent studies on global business.

Senior Ariel Wilson, a global business and entrepreneurship double major, studied how U.S. gun control laws affect international firearm manufacturers. Working with Professor Carlos Rufin, she examined the current and proposed laws and predicted their potential global impact on manufacturers. Wilson plans to enroll in the International MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University in the fall.

Junior Adrianna Garrett presented her research on the U.S. and Italian pharmaceutical industry. She’s earning a double major in accounting and entrepreneurship, with a minor in business legal studies. She's also very active in the Suffolk community. She’s a Sawyer Ambassador and teaching assistant, plays on the Suffolk tennis team, and is in the Honors Program. She plans to become a certified public accountant after graduation.

Global business and marketing double major Julianne Holland presented her research on “Israel: The Business of Defense.” Holland is an account management intern at Hill Holliday, strategic marketing coordinator at Bluedrop Water, and a fundraising committee member for the charity “One Life at a Time.”

Instructor Talks About Long-Term

Instructor of Finance Christopher Argyrople, CFA, discussed the long-term finance trends in global economies. Argyrople is a seasoned entrepreneurial investor with 21 years of experience launching and managing successful investment firms, including Acadian Asset Management, PAR Capital Management, Delta Partners, Concentric Investments, and Triad Alpha Partners. He’s also served as a consultant to State Street Bank to design SSGA’s initial International Investment Strategies.