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Darla Moore School of Business

Folks Center to host IB talks with automotive innovators and former U.S. ambassadors

The Folks Center for International Business at the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business will host two public events in October with international innovators and former U.S. ambassadors.

The first event, “From Board Room to Tech Frontier: An International Entrepreneur’s Journey,” will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The event will feature remarks from South American automobile innovator Fabio Rozenblum, who will discuss the disruptive innovations in the electric vehicle and block-chain industries and how he leveraged his career as an “intrapreneur” in a multinational corporation to “entrepreneur” at the tech frontier on three continents.

Rozenblum is an investor and chief commercial officer for Voltu Motor, which is becoming a leader in storage and electric powertrains for a wide range of vehicles. He is also the founding partner and chief operating officer for Inkan, which has created a platform using blockchain technologies to authenticate images, which can be exchanged and sold as non-fungible tokens.

The second event, “Remaking America’s Geopolitical and Business Leadership,” will be held from
4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 28, and will feature Edward T. McMullen Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada. They will provide insights about the opportunities and challenges they faced in international business and diplomacy during their time as U.S. ambassadors. Both former ambassadors are from South Carolina; McMullen currently lives in Sullivan’s Island, and Wilkins currently lives in Greenville.

Both events will be offered in person at the Moore School as well as virtually. The Oct. 25 talk will be held in the Sonoco Pavilion, and the Oct. 28 forum will be held in the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall (room 101). Masks are required for in-person attendees.

Folks Center events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Register online at

The Oct. 25 talk is offered in partnership with The McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise. The Oct. 28 forum is offered in partnership with The Walker Institute. The Oct. 25 event is sponsored by the Sonoco Visiting Fellows Program. The Oct. 28 event is sponsored by The Rachel and Jim Hodges Fund, generously given by the former South Carolina governor and his wife.

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