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October 8, 2012

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Names Rebecca Riebe of Global Midwest Alliance to the 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO – Global Midwest Alliance, the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region, is pleased to announce that Rebecca Riebe, Director of Global Business Initiatives for the Alliance, and Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group, was recently named to the 2012 Class of Emerging Leaders by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Established in 2008, the program identifies young leaders making decisions that will equip Chicago to compete and thrive in the global marketplace. 

“Rebecca’s experience as the Midwest’s only Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group and her work on global business initiatives with the Alliance makes her an excellent candidate for the Emerging Leaders Program,” said Gail Longmore, CEO of Global Midwest Alliance. “We are looking forward to Rebecca’s collaboration with her class to identify and develop a roadmap that will place Chicago and the Midwest at the forefront of the global economy.”

Each year, the Emerging Leaders Program identifies 22 individuals from the government, private and non-profit sectors to complete a two-year program. During the first year, the Emerging Leaders participate as a group in a series of seminars to examine timely issues such as the global economy, foreign policy, the environment and climate change, education, energy and migration. In year two, they work with the Chicago Council to define, develop and produce a report on a pressing global challenge that affects Chicago and the Midwest. The two-year term concludes with representatives of the class presenting their recommendations at a Chicago Council public program. 

“I’m honored to receive this opportunity to work with such a talented group,” said Rebecca. “I look forward to addressing issues that are relevant to my work with the Alliance and the World Bank Group so that I can better serve our audience.

Prior to her work with Global Midwest Alliance and the World Bank Group, Rebecca was vice consul for energy & environment to the British Consulate General at UK Trade & Investment in Chicago. She also has worked in roles the global division of Dun & Bradstreet and as an implementation executive with Fritz Companies/UPS. Rebecca earned IT Masters Certifications from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BA and MA from the University of St. Andrews.

About the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
2012 marks the 90th Anniversary of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Founded in 1922 as the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Council is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. Independent and nonpartisan, the Chicago Council is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue and public learning. To learn more, visit

Global Midwest Alliance is the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region. The Alliance facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders to provide access to global business opportunities to the Midwest and realize economic value from existing world-class assets in the Midwest. The Alliance focuses on programs and platforms that help high growth companies develop and expand markets for businesses based in the Midwest, encourage and assist international business activities in the region, and integrate business, financial and scientific resources for successful commercialization of technology in the Midwest.  For more information, visit

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