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?

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 


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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


Itai Brun

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:


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


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