Join the Triangle Business Journal in partnership with OWIT-GT at the 2019 Power Breakfast. Come listen to consuls from Ireland, Germany and France as they discuss the financial opportunities available for local businesses to trade goods and services with European partners. But a changing political and trade landscape including Brexit offer some challenges as well. The representatives of these countries also will discuss how to navigate the choppy economic waters.
The panelist for the morning will be:
Louis de Corail | Consul General of France
Louis de Corail took over as Consul General of France in Atlanta on August 15, 2016.
He began his career within Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in 1990 after two years of National and civil service as an international volunteer in Monrovia, Liberia. De Corail previously held various positions as Secretary and Counselor at the Embassies in Suva (1990-1993), Zagreb (1999-2002), Dublin (2005-2008) and Oslo (2008-2012). He also served as Press Counselor in Ottawa (1996-1999).
At the central headquarters in Paris, he worked in Protocol (1993-1996) as well as the Office of European Cooperation (1999-2002).
From 2012-2016, he was seconded to the City Hall of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Mtropole where he worked as Director of International Relations.
Louis de Corail holds an MA in Literature (Paris-IV), and was a PhD student/Graduate Assistant in the Department of French at New York University in the 1980s.
Dr. Heike Fuller | Consul General of Germany
2018 Consul General in Atlanta
2014 - 2018 Deputy Head of Mission German Embassy in Lisbon
2011 - 2014 Commissioner for Corruption Prevention and Head of Internal Revision,
Foreign Ministry Berlin
2008 - 2011 Head of Political Department German Embassy in Tokyo
2005 - 2008 Policy Planning Unit Federal Ministry of Defense Berlin
2002 - 2005 Head of Economic Department German Embassy in Cairo
1999 -2002 Special Task Force for the former Yugoslavia, Foreign Ministry Berlin
1996 - 1999 Political Department German Embassy Washington, D.C.
1994 - 1996 Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany NATO, Brussels
1992- 1994 Deputy Head of Mission German Embassy in Kigali, Ruanda
1991 - 1992 Desk Officer Economic and European Affairs Foreign Ministry Bonn
1991 Doctors degree in law (PhD)
Shane Stephens | Consul General of Ireland, Atlanta
Consul General Stephens assumed his post in Atlanta in July 2015 as the second Irish Consul General for the US Southeastern region, responsible for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Since joining Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2001, Mr. Stephens has served at Ireland's Embassies to Tanzania, the Holy See, the European Union, Nigeria and Malaysia. Immediately prior to his current post, while working as Assistant Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, he was responsible for arranging many of President Michael D. Higgins visits abroad and incoming Presidential visits to Ireland.
Consul General Stephens received his BA in History from Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MSc in Political Economy of Transition in Europe from the London School of Economics.