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The World Trade Center Tampa Bay Team:

Karl Kaliebe, Director WTC Tampa Bay

Karl Kaliebe, Executive Director

Karl Kaliebe has always pursued entrepreneurship and corporate stewardship efforts through extensive collaboration. Karl combines that philosophy with his extensive exposure to innovation, brand management and trade during 15 years working in Asia, primarily Taiwan and China, to guide the WTCTB mission to assist Tampa’s international business exchanges.

"The pace of change in Asian society and business has promoted numerous opportunities for companies and people to rapidly advance skill sets and technical savvy.  Technological progress is now ingrained in the business mindset throughout Asia. Our goal is to help expose Tampa to such ideas in hopes of adopting a similar zeitgeist."




Deborah WilkinsonDeborah Wilkinson, Director, Business Development

Over 25 years of experience in diplomacy and protocol, trade and commerce as executive director of Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council; Chief Development Officer of Broward County Economic Development; and Deputy Trade Representative for the State of Washington.  Recipient of Institute of International Education "Generational Study Abroad" award and United Nations through WTC of Miami "International Woman of the Year" award.

Deborah is additionally the Founder of Wilkinson Global Connections, LLC which collaborates with global governments, academia, American Chambers of Commerce and businesses to grow the Global economy in local, regional, state and America.  




Kelly WilsonKelly Wilson, Director, Communications & Media Relations

‚Äč‚ÄčTampa Business Woman & Entrepreneur, Kelly Wilson comes to WTCTB with over 20 years of experience in marketing, media and public relations.  Kelly assumes responsibility for presenting WTC Tampa Bay to the media and the public.

Kelly additionally is the Founder & Publisher of EDGE Business Magazine; Tampa Bay’s local business magazine. EDGE provides an incomparable platform that celebrates the mindset of entrepreneurs by building stories around the people behind the businesses.





Sven BDavid Felsen, PhDDirector, International Relations

David Felsen, PhD, resides in Tampa and possesses extensive experience in the international sphere.  David holds a PhD from Oxford University in the UK and currently teaches at Saint Leo University where he also  served  as Executive Director of International Programs from 2013 to 2016.  David previously directed the international studies program at Alliant International University in San Diego and was President of the San Diego World Affairs Council.  David has lived for extended periods in Europe and Latin America and publishes and lectures on international affairs and international business issues.






Sven BoermeesterSven Boermeester, Director, Middle East and Africa Initiatives

Sven is a global publishing entrepreneur with a career that spans 20 years visiting more than 100 countries.  He was born in Antwerp, Belgium and grew up in Durban South Africa. Soon after he completed his business studies in Cape Town he opened his first media company publishing the trade and industry directories for South Africa followed by launching the Best of the World publishing series in Dubai.  Fast forward 20 years and 171 'Best of' editions across 60 countries later he has made Tampa Bay his final city of choice to live. His in-depth knowledge of the world and contacts especially in Africa, the Middle East, and India are an asset to helping connect Tampa Bay to the rest of world.




Zenon OZenon Olbrys, Director, European Initiatives

After many years in Northern Europe and the NE US, Zenon and his family moved to Tampa in 2016. Zenon is pleased and eager to promote business opportunities in Tampa Bay to Northern, Central and Eastern European companies and investors.  In “emerging Europe” as he calls it, he was a business leader specializing in start-ups and business transformations.  For over 20 years, from the C-Suite, he led Banks, Insurers, and PE ventures in the US, Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries.  Zenon was honored as a Business Person of the Year Finalist in Latvia (2000) and Lithuania (2006) as well as an expert panelist and speaker in Russia, Poland and Austria.



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WTC Trade Services Department
Join WTC Tampa Now

Become a World Trade Center Tampa Bay Member and gain an experienced partner to help you navigate the complexities of international commerce.
WTC Trade Services Department