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Michael Maibach may have been the first American elected under 21 years of age, elected in 1972 to the Dekalb County Board (Illinois) just after the 26th Amendment went into effect. Prior to his election he was a Governor’s Fellow at the Illinois Department of Local Government during the summers of 1969 and 1970. After completing a BS and MA in Political Science at Northern Illinois University, he served as an Illinois State Senate Legislative Fellow. In 1976 Maibach joined the Caterpillar Tractor Co., first as a machine shop foreman, then as a Government Affairs Manager in Illinois, California, and Washington DC. He opened Caterpillar’s California Government Affairs Office. While in California he completed a BS in American & Latin American History at California State University.
In 1983 Maibach joined the Intel Corporation as assistant to Intel co-founder and co-inventor of the integrated circuit, Dr. Robert Noyce. In that same year he created Intel’s Government Affairs Department, and in 1986 opened Intel’s Washington office. From 1983 - 1986 Maibach participated in President Reagan’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness. From 1988 – 1992 he participated in President Bush’s National Advisory Committee on Semiconductors. Maibach was named an Intel Vice President in 1996. He was an industry leader in numerous policy initiatives, including successful results on the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act, the R&D Tax Credit, the US-Japan Semiconductor Agreement, SEMATECH funding, the GATT Uruguay Round, the 21st Century Patent Reform Act… and China WTO membership. He came to be a leading spokesman for America’s electronics industry on trade and technology issues, testifying 15 times before the United States Congress. In 1992 he was a candidate for Congress from the Silicon Valley. While at Intel, Maibach earned a BA in International Business at American University, and an MA in Political Philosophy at Georgetown University.
Since 2003 Maibach has been the President & CEO of the European-American Business Council, an association of major companies forging policy alliances to enhance Trans-Atlantic competitiveness. While under his leadership the Council has tripled its membership and opened its first Brussels Office in 2005. Maibach is a past Board member of the Peoria, Illinois Jaycees, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, the World Forum of San Jose, California, and the World Affairs Council of Washington DC. He also served on the Boards of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Churchill Club, the California Council on International Trade, the Congressional Economic Leadership Council… and the Information Technology Industry Council. Today he is a member of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the RFID Technology Council Steering Committee, the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America, and on the Advisory Council of the Institute of World Politics. He is also Chairman of the European Business Organizations Worldwide Network. Maibach publishes occasional essays on business, trade, technology and American government. His ‘Washington Wire’ column ran in the magazine Upside for several years; he is a current guest columnist for the Alexandria Times (Virginia) newspaper. He is a regular guest lecturer at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Services. Maibach serves on the Advisory Council to the Optimos Inc. Board of Directors. He often speaks to civic groups and university classes, and has been a visiting lecturer at Oxford University, England and the Anglo-American College in Prague.
Trans-Atlantic Competitiveness In A Globalizing Market
A two-part lecture, or two distinct lectures:
Part One: Five mega-trends that have caused the European Union and the US to drift apart since WWII and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Part Two: For more than 200 years the West has led the world economically, commercially and technologically. The world has changed, especially with the opening of Eastern Europe, China and India to global trade and investment. We briefly examine major trends and discuss why government-to-government collaboration will be a major ingredient in long-term economic and commercial health. “The world is flat” technologically and commercially, but “the world is mountainous” in terms of governmental hindrances to economic growth.
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