Bringing Together Albuquerque’s Global Engagement Community

What is
Engaged With
The World 2023?

This conference will bring together all the local organizations involved in citizen diplomacy, cultural and educational exchanges, and international trade promotion.  

The conference will highlight the contributions that Albuquerque’s local global engagement organizations make to our community. We will help identify new collaboration opportunities and additional resources to amplify our impact. We will also honor our local emerging citizen diplomats.

Program Schedule

9:30 - 10:00 A.M.

(Convention Center East Hall): Reception and registration

10:00 A.M. - 3 P.M.

(Galisteo) – Informational Booths

10:00 A.M.

(Brazos) Introductions by Conference Co-Hosts:

Melora Palmer. President, Global Ties Albuquerque
Pam Feather. President, Albuquerque Sister Cities

10:15 A.M.

(Brazos) Welcome speech by Mayor Tim Keller

10:30 A.M.

(Brazos) Keynote speakers:

Anne Grimes, Director of the Office of International Visitors, U.S. Department of State

Patrick Schaefer, Founder of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness / General Counsel to the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department

11:00 A.M.

Breakout Discussions.  

Theme: “Tools to increase Effectiveness”.

(Dona Ana) Citizen Diplomacy: Discussion Leaders: Greg Polk, Global Ties Abq and Pam Feather, President, Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation

(Brazos) Trade Promotion: Discussion Leaders: Alberto Solis, Program Director, Q Station and Marcos Gonzales, Director, Bernalillo County Economic Development Department

(Cimarron) Educational and Cultural Exchanges: Discussion Leaders: Nicole Tami, Executive Director of Global Education Initiatives, UNM and Tom Frouge, Director, Global Ties Abq 

12:00 P.M.

(Brazos) Box Lunch and Networking Opportunity

12:30 P.M.

(Brazos) Lunch Speaker: Dr Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of Global Political Economy at the UNM Dept. of Economics.

TopicHow Global Engagement helps diversify Albuquerque’s and New Mexico’s Economy”

1:00 P.M.

Youth Panel Topic: How global engagement has shaped career expectations

Moderator – Michael Garlid, Program Officer of Global Ties ABQ

2:00 P.M.

Repeat Breakout Sessions.

(Refer to above)

3:00 P.M.

Closing Remarks from Conference co-Hosts/adjourn in main room


Mayor Timothy M. Keller  City of Albuquerque

Mayor Keller brings focus and passion to making a more safe, innovative and inclusive city.  Born and raised in Albuquerque, his leadership is centered around the “One Albuquerque” unity vision, a clarion call honoring the city’s diverse heritage and championing residents from all walks of life.  In his second term as the 82nd elected leader, 31st Mayor of Albuquerque since its founding in 1706, Mayor Keller deeply believes in the power we all have to lift up our city, despite our challenges.

Tim’s zeal for public service comes from his willingness to challenge the status quo and his track record for having real impact. He strives to approach every day first as a listener, then as a problem solver with a bias toward action. Since first being elected at the age 29, he brings these authentic values into his efforts to shape a brighter future for our families.  From State Senator for the International District, to his role as Senate Majority Whip, to New Mexico State Auditor, to Mayor of Albuquerque, he has tackled some of the biggest issues facing Albuquerque and New Mexico. 

Prior to public service, Tim spent 15 years working with Tribal governments and large companies. He also resided in Cambodia for 3 years, where he ran the nation’s first technology company focused on bringing living wage opportunities to landmine victims and survivors of trafficking.  Tim is an Eagle Scout and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity Fellow. Following graduation from St. Pius X High School, he is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he studied Art History. He then went on to earn an MBA with honors from Harvard.

Anne Grimes  Director, Office of International Visitors U.S. State Department 

Anne has been a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 31 years and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  Her previous postings have included Antananarivo, Madagascar; Surabaya, Indonesia; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Washington, D.C.; Jakarta, Indonesia; Mumbai, India; and Beijing, China.  She speaks French, Indonesian and Mandarin.  She joined the Office of International Visitors as Office Director in September 2018.

Anne is a graduate of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, with a double major in History and French.  Her home town is Kennett Square, PA.  She is married to Tala Ramiandrisoa, a professional jazz musician, and has two adult children, son Joshua and daughter Joelle.  Anne’s family also includes two dogs, Jasmine and Mojito.

Manuel-Julian R. Montoya, PhD  Associate Professor, Department of Economics
UNM Presidential Teaching Fellow

Manuel (MJR) Montoya, Ph.D. is an Associate professor of Global Structures and International Management at the University of New Mexico, Department of Economics.  Dr. Montoya researches global political economy and is concerned with how we make “planetarity” a meaningful part of our social and economic realities, to this end has published work on issues ranging from international trade to creative economy.  

Dr. Montoya has delivered over 100 lectures across the world and is recognized as a leader in the field of critical management studies.  He received his undergraduate degree at UNM in Economics and English and received his graduate education at New York University (MA), Oxford University (MLitt) and Emory University as a George Woodruff Fellow (PhD, Foreign Relations and Comparative Literature).  Manuel is UNM’s first Latinx Rhodes Scholar and is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar.  As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has worked to develop an online classroom to help improve Global Literacy (World 101).  In 2021, Manuel was selected as UNM’s Presidential Teaching Fellow, UNM’s highest teaching honor. 

Manuel is currently focusing on a concept he refers to as “rural cosmopolitanism” or “enchantment economy”, which integrates economic theory with critical perspectives on geopolitics, craft economy, and value-chain analysis.  This is important to him in private life, where he has been an amateur watchmaker for 12 years, and is a published poet and short story writer.  Dr. Montoya was born and raised in Mora, New Mexico.

Patrick Schaefer   Founding Executive Director, Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness and General Counsel, NM Department of Finance and Administration

Patrick specializes in the economic and legal analysis of domestic and international industrial development in North America and its transatlantic and transpacific linkages. He provides briefings, trainings, and seminars nationally and internationally for businesses and organizations such as the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and Homeland Security, Joint Task Force-North, the Aspen Institute, Aspen Institute-Mexico, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Pacific Council on International Policy, The Peterson Institute for International Economics, the US Embassy in Mexico, the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican Embassy in the US, the Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, Canadian, Japanese, and European Embassies in the US and Mexico, the Texas Lyceum, the Texas and New Mexico State Legislatures, the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the New Mexico State Bar Association, among many other diverse local, state, and international institutions. 

Mr. Schafer was the Senior Vice President of the Center for Global Trade and Foreign Investment at Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and he was the founding Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, a pioneering and innovative research platform located at the University of Texas at El Paso. Patrick currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. 

He received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his LL.M. from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. 

Engagement Partners

Our network of incredible global-minded partners will benefit from a reduced registration fee. 


lunch is included





Global Engagement Partners


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