North Carolina Mission


Diplomacy Matters Institute (DMI), in partnership with Washington's Science Diplomats' Club and its President, Dr. Annick Suzor-Weiner, Embassy of France, was honored to present this diplomatic mission. The program educated foreign government officials on North Carolina's growing clusters of green innovation and smart grid technologies, while stimulating discussion on best practices and international partnerships. Over a dozen delegates provided profiles in our program booklet highlighting their nations’ energy goals, policies & programs, which further accelerated information sharing.


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1:00–3:00 pm RTI International

RTI International - Luncheon & Opening Welcome Session
Patrick Gibbons
, Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Research Triangle Park: History and Critical Success Factors
Philip Schwehm, Senior Economic Governance Specialist
Tina Valdecanas, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Research Triangle Foundation

RTI’s Energy-Related Initiatives: Current Work and Past Precedence
Dave Myers, PhD; Vice President, Engineering & Technology Unit (ETU)

Tour of Energy Research & Development Lab

3:30–4:30 pm Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems - Welcome & Remarks
Bill McCarthy,
Area Vice President, U.S. Sales

CSR and Sustainability Policy - Cisco’s Green Story
Monique Meche, Director, Global Environmental Policy
Darrel Stickler, CSR, Sustainable Innovation

Continuum of Greener IT Innovations
PJ Barber, Director, Product Marketing

Closing Remarks - Bill McCarthy

6:30–9:00 pm The Cardinal Club, Raleigh

Building Global Partnerships & Insights from North Carolina’s EU Energy Program
Co-hosted by UNC’s Center for International Understanding 
This special evening event included NC energy and policy officials just returning from the Center’s EU Energy Study Program, Members of the legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Global Engagement, and the diplomats. The program featured brief presentations by NC officials and remarks/introductions with the diplomatic delegation.


9:00–10:45 am Novozymes

Novozymes - Welcome Breakfast & Overview of Novozymes’ Global Reach from NC
Adam Monroe,
President, Novozymes North America

Novozymes Bio-Based Society Vision and Update on Bioenergy Projects
Steen Skjold-Jorgensen, Vice President, Biofuels

Presentation at Site Pilot Fermentation Lab and Biomass Wet Lab
Wrap-Up and Final Comments  - Adam Monroe

12:30–4:00 pm SAS

SAS – Luncheon & Welcome Remarks
Jim Goodnight,
President & Founder
Thomas Spiller, Vice President, Global Public Policy

Encouraging Environmental Leadership, Lessons from Customer Case Studies
Mikael Hagstrom, Executive Vice President, EMEA and Asia Pacific

Overview of SAS CSR -Internal Projects and Solution Development
Alyssa Farrell, Global Marketing Manager

Campus Tour (including solar farm, energy efficient data center, LEED building)
Jerry Williams, SAS Environmental Manager

Partnerships for Action – Discussion with NC Solar Center Director and NCSU Economic Development Partnership , Jerry Williams; Thomas White, Director, Economic Development Partnership; Steve Kalland, NC Solar Center Director

6:00–9:00 pm Documentary, Dinner and Dialogue: Screening of "Carbon Nation"

- Riley Life Industries
Co-sponsored by Green Plus, NCTA, sbtdc and local business groups.
“Carbon Nation” is a documentary focused on solutions, inspiration and action. A pragmatic primer on why it’s smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it’s good business. Screening was followed by a virtual Q&A with the film’s producer/director, Peter Byck.


9:00 –10:30 am Smart Grid Technologies & Energy Research - Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center

FREEDM is an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) that aims to revolutionize the nation's power grid and enable the delivery of widely distributed renewable electric-energy technologies. Established by the NSF in 2008, today more than 41 utility companies, electrical equipment manufacturers and alternative energy start-ups comprise the global FREEDM partnership.

Overview of the FREEDM Vision and Technology Demonstration Plans
Rogelio Sullivan, Associate Director, FREEDM Systems Center

Tour of the FREEDM laboratory and Green Energy Hub

12:00–1:30 pm Diplomatic Welcome Luncheon – North Carolina Governor’s Mansion

Co-hosted by Asst. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Bumgarner and Science & Technology Advisor Dr. John Hardin.  
Regional business leaders and government executives joined with delegates in this official segment of the mission. The First Gentleman, Robert W. Eaves, attended. This special event was complemented by a tour highlighting historical aspects of this gracious residence; a locally- sourced Southern menu; and the musical backdrop of Jazz – a true American art form. Sponsored by Accenture & IBM.

2:00 pm Program Concludes