Who Are We?

Boston International is a non-profit organization that brings cutting-edge thinking on world affairs to Boston’s rising stars. We provide an engaging, informal atmosphere for young professionals and graduate students to interact with and learn from today’s influential thinkers and world leaders.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please write to us at info@bostoninternational.org.


What's New?

An Evening with Israeli Filmmaker Nitzan Gilady - Added Oct 11, 2015


Boston International and GLAAD are excited to co-host acclaimed Israeli film director Nitzan Gilady, as he visits Boston on November 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm at the offices of Day Pitney LLP.  Mr. Gilady will be discussing two of his documentary films, Jerusalem is Proud to Present (2008), and Family Time (2010).  These films focus on the experience of LGBTQ individuals and communities in Israel, as well as Mr. Gilady’s own personal experiences during a transformative trip he took with his family to the Grand Canyon.   Family Time tells the story of an Israeli family (of Yemeni descent) making a road trip across the desert in a small RV – in an effort to see the Grand Canyon.  Along the way, the film focuses on the levels of varying perspectives among the vastly different family members, and how each person’s experience contributes to the family dynamic.  Jerusalem is Proud to Present is an award winning documentary about the 2006 WorldPride Festival, held in Jerusalem.  This gripping film follows the lives of members of the Open House, Jerusalem’s LGBTQ community center, who were subject to many threats of violence during the planning of the festival in a city that is considered the holy center of three of the world’s most prominent religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Nitzan will be screening portions of these films to foster a discussion about his experiences, with the chance for audience questions and answers. Tickets to the event are $10 and include light appetizers and beverages.


Wednesday, November 11th

5:30PM to 7:30PM

Day Pitney LLC

1 International Pl , # 17 
Boston, MA 02110

Tickets $10

Please RSVP at https://nitzangiladyfilmscreening.eventbrite.com

09/08/2015: CHAT WITH THE GREEK CONSULATE - Added Aug 16, 2015


Boston International is excited to continue its Chat with the Consulate Series.  On September 8th, we welcome Iphigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston.  Ms. Kanara will lead a discussion on current affairs in Greece and the mission of the Greek Consulate in Boston.


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Tuesday, September 8th

5:30PM to 7:30PM

Day Pitney LLC

1 International Pl , # 16
Boston, MA 02110

Tickets $10

Please RSVP at http://chatwiththegreekconsulate.eventbrite.com


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Iphigenia Kanara, member of the Greek Diplomatic Corps since 2000, was appointed Consul General of Greece in Boston in April 2013.  Prior to taking office, she held the position of Director of the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Previously, during her term as Director of the Office of the Director General of Political Affairs of the Foreign Ministry from 2009 to 2012, a significant proportion of her responsibilities were, inter alia, monitoring the progress of the Greek – US bilateral relations.  From 2004 to 2009 she served in the Permanent Greek Delegation to the European Union in Brussels. Initially, she was involved in matters regarding Enlargement of the EU and subsequently was appointed coordinator (Antici) of the Councils of Ministers of the Union and the Summits of Heads of State and Government. She graduated from the Department of International and European Economic and Political Studies of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, with specialization in International Relations and Diplomacy. She holds a postgraduate degree (MSc) from the London School of Economics in European politics. She speaks English, French and Spanish. She is married and has one daughter.

ABOUT THE CHAT WITH THE CONSULATE SERIES: In addition to our intellectual speaker events, Boston International hosts events that are social and cultural in nature. Our Chat with the Consulate series allows Boston International members the opportunity to socialize and network, while also engaging with consuls in the Boston area on a range of exciting international topics.

09/02/15: The Revolution Online - Added Aug 10, 2015

Boston International is delighted to invite you to our first event of the fall: The Revolution Online with MIT Professor Dr. Sanjay Sarma.



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Dr. Sanjay Sarma


As a professor of Mechanical Engineering, and the first MIT  Director of Digital Learning, Dr. Sarma will be discussing the future of digital education, the effect innovative technology has in education, and the powerful impact it continues to have around the world. His Office, the Office of Digital Learning, overseas MIT’s Open CourseWare project and the development of MIT’s pioneering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s). Dr. Sarma also serves on the board of edX, the not-for-profit company set up by MIT and Harvard to create and promulgate an open-source platform for the distribution of free online education worldwide.


Dr. Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Senaya and ESSESS. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California.  He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek’s Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.


Date: Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM


 MIT Stata Center

32 Vassar Street (Room 32-155)

Cambridge, MA 02139


Tickets, which include light hors d’oeuvre and wine, are available at


Turmoil in the Middle East: A Conversation with Major Genera (ret.) Yaakov Amidror - Added Apr 01, 2015

April 14th, 2015


Location: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., 1 Financial Center, Boston, MA

Join us for the rare chance to hear from Major General (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, who served as the National Security Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Major General Amidror is joining us from Israel on April 14th, 2015 to speak about his presentation entitled “Turmoil in the Middle East”.  Major General Amidror has been quoted in countless media outlets regarding his opinion on a possible Iranian arms deal and predictions of peace in the Middle East.  After hearing from Major General Amidror’s first hand account of the current situation in the Middle East, attendees will have the chance to meet and greet our guest in a cocktail hour setting.  Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here:



Major General (ret.) Yaakov Amidror is the former National Security Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former head of the Research Department of Israeli Military Intelligence.  In March of 2014, Major General Amidror joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow.  Major General Amidror is also a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

March 27, 2015: Artful Networking for a Cause! - Added Feb 25, 2015


Join us for a lovely evening at Gallery Kayafas in the SOWA section of the South End, Boston.  You will have the chance to network with other Boston International members while in the unique atmosphere of a beautiful art gallery in the heart of Boston, and take part in a silent auction and raffle to benefit The Herren Project.  The Herren Project is a wonderful 501(c)(3) organization that strives to remove hurdles for those seeking recovery from substance abuse, and keep youth on the right track.  Founded by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, you may have seen The Herren Project featured on ESPN’s Ungarded.  Our own Boston International board member, Kristin Sullivan, is running the 2015 Boston Marathon on behalf of The Herren Project.  All proceeds from the night, including ticket sales (excluding Eventbrite fees), go directly to The Herren Project.  Beverages and Hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Don’t miss this wonderful night!

Tickets can be purchased here:


If you cannot make this event but would like to donate, you can do so here:


or by sending a check to:

The Herren Project

PO Box 131

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Memo line: Kristin Sullivan 2015 Boston Marathon

If each Boston International member donated just $10, our fund raising goal would be met!

Join us for the chance to win items from our generous donors:



February 24th 2015 – Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific - Added Jan 29, 2015


In this lively, visual session, Professor Christine Yano, (Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, and professor of anthropology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) explores the creation and rise of Hello Kitty as part of Japanese Cute-Cool culture. Professor Yano will explain the international popularity of Hello Kitty within the frame of pink globalization – the spread of goods and images labeled as cute (“kawaii”) from Japan to other parts of the industrialized world. Come and learn more about the complex relations and identities surrounding the global reach of Hello Kitty’s cute culture. Who are fans and detractors? How are consumers using this iconic cat to negotiate gender, nostalgia and national identity?

Join Boston International and other Japan enthusiasts over sushi and sake, to brush up on your Hello Kitty trivia, marvel at the Sanrio marketing machine, get answers to these anthropological questions and more.

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Hosted by Gesmer Updegrove LLC, 2nd floor conference center, 40 Broad St, Boston MA 02109

Tickets are $10 and are available at 


Please download our flyer and share with your network

About our guest speaker:

Professor Christine Yano Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, and professor of anthropology, University of Hawai’I at Mānoa. Professor Yano’s most recent book Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific was published by Duke University Press in 2013.

Professor Yano


About our hosts:

Gesmer Updegrove LLC is New England’s premier law firm providing a full range of legal services to technology companies, emerging businesses, and their investors.

February 10, 2015 – The Middle East in Transition: 2011-2015, a Conversation with Brigadier General Itai Brun – EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - Added Jan 21, 2015


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Join us on February 10, 2015 from 7-9pm, for the rare chance to hear from Brigadier General Itai Brun, the Head of Military Intelligence and Research Division of the Israeli Defense Force.  Brigadier General Brun is joining us from Israel on February 10th to offer a reflection on his time with the Israeli Defense Force.  Before serving as the Head of Military Intelligence and Research, Brigadier General Itai Brun fulfilled numerous positions within the Israeli armed forces including the Head of the Research Division at Air Force Intelligence, and as the top deputy responsible for intelligence assessments at Military Intelligence.  Prior to being named his most recent position with the Israeli Defense Force in 2011, Brigadier General Itai Brun was head of the Dado Center for Interdisciplinary Thinking.  After hearing from the Brigadier General, attendees will have the chance to meet and greet our guest in a cocktail hour setting.  Light appetizers and beverages will be served.


Place: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

1 Financial Center, Boston, MA 02110

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets are limited and can be purchased here:


CHAT WITH SWISSNEX - Added Dec 30, 2014



Boston International is excited to continue its Chat with the Consulate series on January 20th with Dr. Felix Moesner at swissnex Boston.  swissnex Boston is an initiative of Switzerland’s Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs.  It functions both as the Consulate of Switzerland in Boston and as a public-private venture that brings together science and technology counselors around the world to expand education, research and innovation on behalf of Switzerland.  Dr. Felix Moesner acts as the CEO and Consul of swissnex Boston, the Consulate of Switzerland.  He will speak about swissnex’s role as the first science consulate.  He, along with his colleague Niccolo Iorno, Project Leader for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, will also elaborate on swissnex Boston’s efforts to provide support for start-up companies, specifically in assisting individual start-ups when it comes to internationalization.



Time: 6:30PM

Date: January 20th, 2015

Location: swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge, MA







Dr. Felix Moesner is the CEO and Consul of swissnex Boston, the Consulate of Switzerland. Established as the world’s first “science consulate” in 2000, swissnex Boston is part of a global network of five knowledge outposts including San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004), China (2007), India (2009) and Brazil (2013). The New York Outpost (2013) was established as part of swissnex Boston. The mission of swissnex Boston is to promote knowledge exchanges between Switzerland and North America in higher education, technology, innovation, science and the arts.

Formerly, Felix Moesner was the head of the Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo promoting Swiss Science, Technology and Education in Japan and interfacing between Swiss and Japanese governments, universities, R&D institutions and companies. Since 2005, he has also the presidency of the Science & Technology Diplomatic Circle, comprising of 80+ diplomatic missions and affiliates in Tokyo. Several awards and grants underline his proactive commitments. Special interests include high-tech fields in Japan, business management as well as European and Japanese culture.

Stay up to date on swissnex Boston and Dr. Moesner’s work at: http://www.swissnexboston.org/ or follow them on Twitter @swissnexBoston.



In addition to our intellectual speaker events, Boston International hosts events that are social and cultural in nature. Our Chat with the Consulate series allows Boston International members the opportunity to socialize and network, while also engaging with consuls in the Boston area on a range of exciting international topics.

12/04/2014 : Seventh Annual Holiday Fete - Added Nov 06, 2014


Thursday, December 4, 2014

It is with great excitement that Boston International invites you to join us in celebration of the Holiday Season at our 7th Annual Holiday Fete!


The Fete will be held on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 starting at 7:00 until 10:00 PM at the College Club of Boston. 

Founded in 1890, the Club’s Victorian brownstone is the oldest women’s college club in the United States located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay. The venue’s address is 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. Additional information available at: http://thecollegeclubofboston.com

The Fete will feature live music performed by Jazz in the Airhors d’oeurves, and an open bar.  Cocktail or business attire is recommended.


Please purchase your ticket at:


  • Early Bird Tickets$35
  • General Admission Tickets: $45
  • Tickets Purchased at the Door: $50

Each of the last several Fetes have attracted over 100 attendees from Boston and surrounding areas and we expect to sell out again this year. We encourage you to RSVP promptly as space is limited.



We would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for making this great celebration possible.







Boston Network for International Development

Gesmer Updegrove

Hult International Business School

10/29/2014: Global Energy Shortage: Are Laws on the Right Side? - Added Oct 03, 2014

Come join Boston International for an academic discussion surrounding the energy regulatory landscape in the United States and abroad. Our current trend towards a global energy crisis presents unique regulatory challenges for countries attempting to incentivize energy development. Professor Steven Ferrey of Suffolk Law School and Andrew Bobenski of John Hancock Financial Services will join us for the evening to discuss what laws regarding energy development look like here at home, and overseas.



Professor Ferrey is an advisor on privatization and sector reform for the World Bank and foreign governments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and has published books such as Renewable Power in Developing Countries: Winning the War on Global Warming (2006) (with Dr. Anil Cabrall).  Professor Ferrey is a full-time member of the Suffolk University School of Law faculty, and currently teaches Contracts, Environmental Law, Energy Law and Climate Change Law.

Andrew Bobenski is a former associate in Day Pitney LLP’s Energy and Utility Practice group, and is currently a Managing Director and Counsel in the North American Investment Law division of John Hancock Financial Services.  Mr. Bobenski has published several articles for legal publications regarding energy regulation, including Mass. Is a Shining Example for Solar Power, in the January 13, 2014 edition of Energy Law360.



6:30-8:30 PM, October 29, 2014

Day Pitney LLP

One International Place

Boston, MA 02110

Day Pitney is conveniently located near public transportation.  The closes T stops are South Station and Downtown Crossing.  For more information, go to www.mbta.com



Day Pitney LLP is a full-service law firm committed to the highest standards of client service for businesses, financial institutions, government entities, and individuals.  Day Pitney provides top-tier legal services and practical solutions to assist clients in achieving their goals.

For more than eight decades, Day Pitney lawyers have been nationally recognized for their energy and utility practices. Representing a diverse group of clients across the nation and around the world, Day Pitney develops and implement innovative solutions to the complex challenges confronting the energy and utility industries. Day Pitney clients include electric, gas and water utilities; debt and equity investors; generators, transmitters and marketers; equipment contractors; and other energy and utility market participants.

For more information about Day Pitney’s Energy and Utility Law Practice, please see our website: http://www.daypitney.com/practices/energyandutilitylaw/


Please note that seating for this event is limited.  Tickets can be purchased using the following link and include light hors d’oeuvres and drinks:


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