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K&L Gates is a fully-integrated global law firm with lawyers in 45 offices located across five continents. The firm represents a broad array of leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants, and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. K&L Gate' government contracts and procurement policy practice spans the globe assisting public sector procurement clients worldwide with regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. These clients are in a wide variety of industries including information technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, defense and aerospace, construction and professional services.  

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized companies to increase international sales with trade professionals in more than 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries. 

The World Bank Group - With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit education organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally-recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 160 groups in 107 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Christopher Bloom, Partner, K&L Gates

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Robert Peaslee, Advisor and Director of Business Liaison, Office of the U.S. Executive Director, World Bank Group

Keynote Presentation  
World Bank Procurement: Creating an Enabling Environment for Business in International Development
Enzo de Laurentiis, Chief Procurement Officer, Operations Policy and Country Services, The World Bank 


Discussion of Select International Financial Institution Projects
Moderator:  Christopher Bloom, Partner, K&L Gates
Enzo de Laurentiis, Chief Procurement Officer, Operations Policy and Country Services, The World Bank  
Stuart Dykstra, Sr. Vice President, Water, Environmental & Natural Resources, V3 Companies, Ltd. 
Matthew Thibodeau, PE, Vice President, Sargent & Lundy LLC 

Wrap Up
Hovan Asdourian, Director, U.S. Commercial Service-Chicago   

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​September 28, 2018

8:00 - 10:30 a.m.

​K&L Gates
70 West Madison Street
33rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
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Global Midwest Alliance and the U.S. Commercial Service invite you to a special World Bank program hosted by K&L Gates, featuring guest speaker, Enzo de Laurentiis, Chief Procurement Officer of the World Bank, who will be presenting a program on doing business with the World Bank.

In July 2016, the World Bank launched a new, modern and business-friendly Procurement Framework. This modernized approach is designed to foster private sector participation with greater focus on value for money, more ways for bidders to differentiate bids, and more opportunities for dialogue and discussion. In 2017, the World Bank Group committed more than $60 billion to these projects. The World Bank seeks to encourage U.S. companies to bid on these projects. 

To learn more about how to access these opportunities, please join us for this presentation and an informative, interactive session.  

Program attendees will learn about:

  • The World Bank's new procurement framework;
  • Pipeline projects, especially in the areas of health care and social services, agriculture, information and communication technologies, and energy and natural resource extraction; and
  • Examples of current World Bank projects. 

Who Should Attend 
C-Level executives at companies that are interested in providing goods and services in new and emerging markets, and would like to do business with the World Bank. 

Seats are limited. Please register for this program on or before September 26, 2018.