Conversation with American Investor in Uzbekistan
Dan Patterson, General Director, Silverleafe International, on Support for Fashion Brands, Labor Issues and Innovative Agri Technologies
Opening Remarks by Jonas Astrup, Chief Technical Officer, International Labor Organization
Moderated by Mark Hazlin, Senior Vice President, Xenophon Strategies
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EST
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Join us for an engaging conversation with Dan Patterson on his family’s history of involvement in the Soviet-era Uzbek cotton industry. Dan will share his candid views on the risk of investing in Uzbekistan’s Dzhizzak cotton cluster, and how his team has digitized Uzbek cotton harvesting to support fashion brands’ ethical sourcing.
Jonas Astrup, Chief Technical Advisor, International Labor Organization
Jonas Astrup is a United Nations Official serving as the Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO Third-Party Monitoring Project in Uzbekistan.
Mr Astrup has a private sector background with over 20 years experience in extractives and consumer products. He worked for the textile and garment industry in Bangkok, Anglo American in Johannesburg and the international toy industry in Hong Kong. Mr Astrup started his career working for the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Mr Astrup is a law school graduate from the University of Copenhagen.
Mark Hazlin, Senior Vice President, Xenophon Strategies
Mark Hazlin is a Senior Vice President at Xenophon, a strategic communications consultancy based in Washington, DC. He has more than two decades of experience advising senior leaders at national and international corporations, associations, and public agencies to help find and share their voice. He recently led the development of an ESG report for the Republic of Uzbekistan, measuring and assessing the country’s sustainability efforts on environmental, social and governance issues. This sovereign ESG report was the first done by any nation. In the past, he has represented a range of organizations involved on issues in public policy, transportation and infrastructure, trade and commerce, corporate social responsibility, disaster response, and issue management. He is currently the Chair of the Leadership Roundtable of the Public Relations Global Network, a group of more than 50 agencies on four continents serving thousands of clients globally. He has also worked as a journalist, writing stories for USAToday, Forbes and other local and national media outlets. He received a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in political science and English from Boston College.