Speaker: Foreign Policy Impacts Entrepreneurs in Latin America

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The intersection of entrepreneurship, U.S. foreign policy, international development and Latin America will be the subject of a talk by a senior Defense Department official at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in Room 2240 at the Ross School of Business. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by WDI and the LSA Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS).

The talk by Lt. Col. Eldridge Singleton, a senior official and attache with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, is titled, “The Role of International Development and Entrepreneurship on U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America.”

Lt. Col. Eldridge Singleton

Singleton will discuss U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, the country’s foreign trade policy and the United Nations’ approach to international development, and how these affect entrepreneurs looking to establish themselves in the region and what challenges they might encounter.

Before  his current role, Singleton served as the U.S. Army Attaché to Bolivia from 2015-17, Acting Defense Attaché to Jamaica in 2016, and Operations Officer and Army Section Chief for the Security Cooperation Office of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from 2013-15. He also served in several command and staff positions in the United States, the Middle East, and Latin America, including operations to combat terrorism. After multiple combat tours, he transitioned to a career as a multilingual U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer.

Singleton has been recognized for his work, including four Bronze Star Medals for heroic service in combat, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal for interagency service overseas, an Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor in combat, and the Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award.

He received his bachelor’s degree and awarded commission in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant Infantry Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University.

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