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?

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:


9/16/2014: Boston International Apero! - Added Aug 27, 2014

Boston International and the French Cultural Center invite you to join us for  Boston International Apéro!








L’Apéro (short for l’apéritif) is a French noun meaning a friendly get-together where people enjoy libations and conversations. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the great initiatives the French Cultural Center undertakes to promote the French language and greater understanding of Francophone cultures in New England. The Center is located in a beautiful brownstone in Back Bay, and was founded in 1945 as The French Library and Cultural Center.





Photo courtesy of the French Cultural Center


The Alliance Française of Boston & Cambridge, Inc. was founded in 1898 and is part of a network of over 800 French Alliances located in 137 countries worldwide. The Alliance and the French Library and Cultural Center joined forces in 2000, becoming what is now the French Cultural Center. Whether you are interested in French lessons, learning about the second largest private French library in the United States, or visiting the art gallery, Boston International Apéro can’t be missed!




Date: Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM


French Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St.

Boston, MA 02116



Tickets, which include light hors d’oeuvre and French wine, are available at Boston International Apéro

08/27/2014: International Development Networking Night - Added Aug 19, 2014

Come enjoy an evening of networking and international conversation during BNID’s end of the summer international development mixer.  Attendees will have the chance to learn about Boston’s premier international development organizations and how they can support their work.  Partners include Boston International, the Next Mile Project, Acumen Boston and more.   
 Boston International, Boston Network for International Development, Acumen Boston, Mercy Corps, the Next Mile Project and Hostelling International 

The Boston Network for International Development’s (BNID) – purpose is to serve as a point of connection for groups and individuals in the Boston area who are concerned with issues of international development and global justice. We are looking forward to hosting more events in the future that help bring together students, practitioners, academics and professionals from all corners of Boston. To learn more about BNID please visit: www.bnid.org.
Hostelling International Boston (HI-Boston) is the local branch of non-profit Hostelling International USA (HI-USA), and part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing the cultural interchange by facilitating worldwide travel. HI-Boston operates under the premise that travel is the best form of education, and it achieves its mission through a host of activities, programs and community-based events.  For more information on how to volunteer or get connected, visit www.bostonhostel.org.Next Mile Project (NMP) is a nonprofit incubator providing a resource-rich environment and collaborative space where nonprofit organizations grow and thrive. For more information please visit www.nextmileproject.org.Boston+Acumen is a self-organized, volunteer-led group that seeks to inspire and empower like-minded individuals in the greater Boston area who are passionate about supporting Acumen’s mission to create a world beyond poverty. Our chapter was established in June 2011 and is one of 21 +Acumen chapters around the world sharing the principles of patient capital, cultivating an understanding of Acumen’s values, and putting these principles into practice in our community.
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. For more information please visit: www.bostoninternational.org.

Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.


Date: Wednesday, August 27th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00

Hosting Venue:

Hosteling International – Boston’s Community Room,

19 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

8/26/2014: The Hidden and Heretofore Inaccessible Power of Integrity: A New Model of Performance - Added Aug 18, 2014

After forty-years of studying human behavior, Harvard’s Chris Argyris says:

“Put simply, people consistently act inconsistently, unaware of the contradiction between their espoused theory and their theory-in-use, between the way they think they are acting, and the way they really act.” 


Boston International invites you to join us for dinner to discuss The Hidden and Heretofore Inaccessible Power of Integrity: A New Model of Performance presented by  Michael Simons on Tuesday August 26th at 6:30 PM.



Photo by Cathy Ortiz Lopez


In this talk we will clearly see that a large amount of the damage inflicted on people and organizations is caused by actions of individuals that are not in their own self interest. That is, people consistently impose costs on their loved ones, friends, associates, partners, employers and the public by actions that are not in their own self interest. In his talk, Michael will focus on the integrity issues that cause huge problems in the lives of most individuals and to every one we come in contact with. The talk draws on the work on a new model of integrity that is currently being taught in a number of universities and colleges around the country. Michael will present a positive model of integrity that, as distinguished, provides powerful access to increased performance for individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. The model reveals that causal link between integrity and increased performance, quality of life, and value-creation for all entities, and provides access to that causal link.

Integrity is thus a factor of production as important as knowledge and technology, yet its major role in productivity and performance has been largely hidden or unnoticed, or even ignored by individuals, economists and others.



Information About our Guest:

Michael Simons works in a family business overseeing and managing private equity, hedge fund and real estate investments. He has worked at MIT in the area of teaching and learning, Fidelity in marketing strategy and co-created a global mentoring program for State Street Corporation. He has lectured at MIT, Harvard’s Extension School and the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.



Date: Tuesday, August 26th

Time: 6:30 – 9:00

Hosting Venue:

The private room at Joe’s American Bar & Grill

181 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

RSVP: https://powerofintegrity.eventbrite.com


SUMMER SOCIAL EVENT, July 17th, 2014 - Added Jul 15, 2014

Boston International would like to invite you to our Summer Social Event!

Join us for a great opportunity to get to know our members, Board of Directors, and local partnering groups for a casual and fun evening of drinks at Cambridge Brewing Company. The event will be held on Thursday, July 17th starting at 6PM.




Cambridge Brewing Company
1 Kendall Square
Building 100
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Thursday, July 17th from 6PM to 8PM
Cambridge Brewing Company is easily accessible via the Red Line to Kendall Square.


Bastille Day Celebration - Added Jun 20, 2014


The French Cultural Center’s 39th Bastille Day Party returns to Marlborough Street for what promises to be the celebration of the summer! This year’s line-up, programmed by World Music/CRASHarts, will feature two phenomenal francophone acts: H’Sao, whose explosive dance beats from Chadian roots blend soul, jazz and R&B and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, a mind blowing American-Guinean duo fusing hip-hop and funk with reggae and African grooves.

Back Bay’s beautiful Marlborough Street will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers dancing in the street.

Delicious French food from some of Boston’s best French restaurants and drinks, including beer & wine, will be available for sale.

The French Cultural Center Bastille Day will be a party in true French style with live music and dancing in celebration of community, cultural diversity, and friendship between nations.

For more information and tickets, visit the event’s website.

Boston International Mixer Wednesday, April 16th 6-8PM @ Dillon’s - Added Apr 12, 2014

Boston International would like to invite you to the kickoff of our Boston Young Professionals Mixer series to be held this Wednesday, April 16th from 6-8PM and Dillon’s Restaurant and Bar. This will serve a great opportunity for BI members to meet in a more casual and social setting in addition to our usual monthly speaker’s events.
We have a section reserved for the group; just ask as you walk in. Click here to RSVP so that we can get a sense of headcount.

We look forward to meeting you!

Boston International
Dillon’s Restaurant and Bar
955 Boylston St, Boston MA
Wednesday, April 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Dillon’s is easily accessible via the Green T line near the Hynes Convention Center Stop

- Added Apr 11, 2014



Boston International is excited to continue its Chat with the Consulate Series.  On April 29th, we welcome Turkish Consul General Burak Karartı.  Mr. Karartı will lead a discussion on Turkey’s foreign policy and the mission of the Turkish Consulate in Boston.



6:30PM, April 29th, 2014                                
Cisco, 125 High Street, 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02110
COST: $10 (hors d’œuvres and wine will be provided)
PLEASE RSVP at https://chatwiththeconsulate.eventbrite.com


CG Burak Kararti 1

Consul General Burak Karartı was born in Erzincan, Turkey in 1977. He completed his undergraduate degree at Middle East Technical University studying International Relations. He then received his Master’s degree at Gazi University in Middle Eastern and African Studies.  He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999. After his duties at the South Asia, Far East and Pacific Bureau, he served in Ulan Bator, Mongolia between 2002 and 2004.  After that, he served at the Turkish Embassy in London from 2004 to 2007.  In 2007, he attended Senior Course 110 at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.  He served in the Policy Planning Bureau of the Ministry from 2007 to 2008 and in the Human Resources Bureau between 2008 and 2010. In 2010, he was appointed to the Turkish Embassy in Washington and he participated in the “Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellowship” program of the U.S. Department of State from 2010 to 2011. After the program, he resumed his duties as the Political Counselor at the Embassy in Washington. He then assumed his position as the Consul General in Boston on February 1, 2013.  Consul General Kararti is married with two children.


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.

Board Opportunities with Boston International (2014) - Added Apr 03, 2014

We’re excited to announce that Boston International (BI) is looking to fill a couple of open seats on the Board of Directors over the course of the next few months, as some of our current leadership moves on. Those selected for the position will share in the responsibility for the overall leadership and management of BI’s strategic, operational and administrative functions. Example tasks include planning, coordinating and executing at least two events annually, establishing collaborative partnerships with consulates and/or international organizations, and leading fundraising activities. We have a strong preference for individuals that are highly motivated, self-starters, and able to demonstrate a one to three year commitment to BI.

Candidates are interviewed by each of the five board members, and must successfully complete the 3 month volunteer period, in which they will be responsible for co-planning an event and contributing to other strategic areas that complement their interests and skill sets.

Interested candidates please e-mail us with a resume and statement of interest at: info@bostoninternational.org by April 13th, 2014.

In the statement, it would be great if you could address the following questions:

1) Which events have you attended?

2) What would you bring to the leadership team (i.e., event-planning,

fund-raising, non-profit expertise, partner outreach, social media, web/graphic design skills)?

3) If you were in charge of BI, where would you see the organization going in the next couple of years?


No essays are required; a brief outline or a couple of bulleted thoughts is plenty.  After reviewing all applications, the Boston International team will reach out to selected applicants and set up a time to meet in person.


We look forward to hearing from you, and please make sure to check the website in the next few weeks; we’re planning a series of events in April and May.


The Boston International Team

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