Why We Picked a Knock Out Keynote Speaker for our 2020 pro:Americas Annual Conference

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Last year, Juan Zighelboim and David Ha of TexOps attended the 2019 conference of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF). The ITMF is "…an international forum for the world's textile industries, dedicated to keeping the world-wide membership constantly informed through surveys, studies and publications, participating in the evolution of the industry's value chain and through the organization of annual conferences as well as publishing considered opinions on future trends and international developments".

They wrote us that they were blown away by the talk called "Geo Politics of Globalization: How the World Has Changed and Why it Will Change Even More – Challenges for the Textile Industry", delivered by Paulo Portas, a former Foreign Minister of Portugal.

They sent us the 64 slide powerpoint presentation given by Paolo and it knocked us out here. It was the deepest dive into the global economy we had ever seen. That is why we have retained Paolo as our keynote speaker at our 2020 pro:Americas Annual Conference in Miami May 3-5. (Register here)

Paulo de Sacadura Cabral Portas, is a Portuguese media and political figure, who has, since the 1990s, been one of Portugal's leading conservative politicians. He was the leader of one of Portugal's right-wing parties, the CDS – People's Party (CDS-PP) from 1998-2005 and 2007-2016, on whose lists he was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in every legislative election between 1995 and 2015.

He was Deputy Prime Minister from 2013 to 2015, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2013, and Minister of Defense from 2002 to 2005, all three times in coalitions of the PSD and his CDS-PP. Portas withdrew from politics in 2016.

These are just two thought-provoking elements of the presentation we expect