Economist who predicted Trump and Brexit to address the seafood industry in Boston

Published on
January 4, 2018

Brown University Professor Mark Blyth, an economist and author who has a knack for predicting unlikely global events with far-reaching political impacts – including the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and Great Britain’s “Brexit” decision  – will be delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America event in Boston, Massachusetts in March.

Blyth, who has been a contributor to several major broadcast networks including Bloomberg, NPR, and BBC, will deliver his keynote, titled “What Does Globalization 3.0 look like? Global Trade in a World of Local Populism,” on Sunday, 11 March, to kick off SENA18.  In his address, the no-nonsense Scotsman responsible for coining the phrase "Global Trumpism" will discuss how two phases of historic globalization have put us where we are today, and how a third phase taking shape now will likely influence global seafood markets and business in years to come.

“Every year at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, a geographically and culturally diverse group of seafood industry leaders from around the world come together for three days of business,” said Wynter Courmont, event director for SENA, which take place from 11 to 13 March at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. “Hearing from Professor Blyth on the intricate mesh of globalization, politics, and economics will be incredibly valuable to this globally-minded audience.”

Blyth’s keynote will serve as a precursor to a robust event program focusing on issues of globalization and international seafood trade. Topics slated for discussion on the SENA18 agenda range from seafood product development and distribution (Maximizing the Whole Fish: How byproducts can increase food production, value, and sustainability) to policy (FDA and Customs Enforcement Actions: what to expect in 2018), to productivity and promotions (E-Commerce: Seafood’s future). Speakers representing a variety of organizations, including The National Fisheries Institute, Nielsen, Publix, Hyatt Hotels, HelloFresh US and more, will be present during the event to discuss the issues likely to shape the seafood industry as it heads deeper into 2018.

Alongside its educational conference, SENA18’s schedule also includes an exhibition hall staffed with thousands of seafood product and processing vendors (and samples) from around the world, numerous social events, networking opportunities and special presentations, as well as the 12th Annual Oyster Shucking Competition.

More information about the upcoming SENA event can be found at the expo's website.

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