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Charting a New Course for Global Supply Chains

Charting a New Course for Global Supply Chains

October 19 at 2:00 pm PDT /5:00 pm EDT

During the pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks led to significant shortages of key materials in the United States and globally, from personal protective equipment for front-line healthcare workers to semiconductor chips required for automotive manufacturing. New US federal government initiatives have called for a review of supply chain resilience across a wide range of strategically important industries, such as agriculture, defense, energy, and pharmaceuticals. While the costs of supply chain disruption during the pandemic were substantial, there are still significant costs required to reconfigure lean manufacturing strategies. Which industries are best prepared to chart a new course for global supply chains? Are "just-in-time" production methods likely to remain predominant in some industries? And, as countries such as the US shift to policies to support domestic manufacturing, what role will government procurement play?


Kevin Klowden
Executive Director, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute


Kate Barton
Global Vice Chair, Tax, EY

Steven Ciobo
Managing Director, Head of Global Affairs and Engagement, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners; former Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Australia

Maria Contreras-Sweet
Chairman and CEO, Rockway Equity Partners; 24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration

John Emerson
Vice Chairman, Capital International; former US Ambassador to Germany (2013-2017)