WACC Annual Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Mark Erwin (1999-2001), (June 17th, 2015)

World Affairs Council of Charlotte Annual Meeting (June 17th, 2015)
Ambassador Mark Erwin

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Seychelles and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros (1999-2001)

The History and the Future of Cuba: Perspectives of The Council of American Ambassador Visits 2012 and 2015

markerwinJoin the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 17th with U.S. Ambassador Mark Erwin who will share his perspectives on the renewed diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States. In addition, he will address future opportunities for economic and cultural opportunities for the two nations while providing his assessment on the challenges that will arise as Cuba and the U.S. normalize relations.

On April 11, 2015, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro shook hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking the first meeting between a U.S. and Cuban head of state since the two countries cut their ties in 1961. This inaugural meeting came four months after the President announced that the U.S. would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba.

The U.S. eased travel restrictions with Cuba earlier this year and the President recommended that Cuba be removed from the U.S. government’s list of state terrorism sponsors. As part of the process of restoring the relationship between the two countries, Cuba and the U.S. are also working toward easing some of the restrictions on trade and commerce.

Council of American Ambassadors – Return to Cuba (Written by Mark Erwin)

Date: June 17th, 2015
Location: Private Residence in South Charlotte. Details will be provided to you upon confirmation of registration and payment.
Check-In and Dinner: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Presentation & Q&A: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$10 (WACC student/educator/TMS members)
You must be an individual WACC educator/student/TMS member to qualify for the $10 rate
$18 (WACC members)
$28 (non-Members)
Become a member of the WACC to attend this program at the discounted member rate

Click here to register online via Constant Contact

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If you prefer sending a check, please make it payable to “World Affairs Council of Charlotte” and mail it to the following address:

World Affairs Council of Charlotte
UNC Charlotte – CHHS 227
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

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Mark Wylea Erwin is the President of Erwin Capital, Inc., a family-owned investment company located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of the Seychelles and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros from 1999-2001. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Ambassador Erwin to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Over the years, Ambassador Erwin has been active in civic affairs and has served on the Boards of over 35 civic, charitable and educational organizations. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of Winthrop University for several years and has guest lectured at many schools and universities. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Winthrop University in 1994.

The State of South Carolina’s legislature recognized his outstanding service to the state and in 2000 Ambassador Erwin received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from the Governor of North Carolina. This is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state.

Currently, Ambassador Erwin serves on the Board of Directors of New Dominion Bank and as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of The Echo Foundation, the Board of Advisors of The African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University, the Board of Directors of Opportunity International and the Board of Directors of the UNC Charlotte Foundation. He also serves on the North Carolina Economic Development Board and chairs The Avenir Foundation, which he and his family founded in 2002. Recently, Ambassador Erwin joined the Sugar Creek Charter School Board.

He and his wife, Joan, maintain a residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Melissa.