Oct 2020

AmCham Debate: US presidential elections: what’s at stake for business?

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

US presidential elections: what’s at stake for business?

What to expect of a presidential election in the midst of national social unrest, an economic downturn, and a global pandemic


Following the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates of the past weeks, and ony two weeks away from the election date, four American politics experts, Ulysse Gosset from BFM TV, Shane Goldmacher from the New York Times, Sonia Dridi, French media correspondent to the US, and Jeremy Ghez from HEC Paris, will shed light on the dynamics animating this high-stakes campaign and the impact of the upcoming election result on businesses.

This event will be the opportunity to address the structural aspects of this campaign, beyond the noise and controversies. The speakers will discuss the major differences between both candidates regarding regulation, global trade, and the private sector. Finally, this event will enable us to question the extent to which Biden’s potential election would embody real disruption.

Christopher Kramme, AmCham Vice-President and Co-founder and CEO of Outcome, will introduce the event.




Ulysse Gosset, foreign affairs columnist for BFM TV, number one french television news channel. He is a professional journalist with extensive experience covering world affairs: the fall of the Soviet Union, Bill Clinton’s Presidency, 9/11 and America under attack, George W. Bush at the White House, the 2008 world financial crisis and the G20 Summits. 

Ulysse Gosset, a former Director at France Télévisions Group, was COO and member of the board of France 24, in charge of News and Programming and former Director of the channel project for France Télévisions, has been anchor and executive producer of the show “The Talk of Paris”, on France 24, the first French International News Channel. Ulysse Gosset was Editor in charge of national news at France 3 Televisions, France Télévisions Group, in Paris, prior to working with the International News Channel, France 24. He was a correspondent in Moscow and Washington, and Grand Prix de la Presse Internationale in 2013.


Sonia Dridi is an independent French journalist and foreign correspondent. She is based in the United States since june 2015 and works for France 24, BFM TV, ARTE, M6, RTBF and Europe 1. She has covered the White House and important events such as the Impeachment, March for our Lives, Charlottesville, the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. She has created numerous news pieces for television, from inception to filming to post. 

She is the author of the first biography in French on Joe Biden “Joe Biden, le pari de l’Amérique anti-Trump”.

As RTBF correspondent, she is part of the “Washington d’ici” Podcast on the US elections, along with four other Washington correspondents for French-language public radios.

Previously, she was based in Egypt and covered the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. She was the first european journalist to interview President Abdal Fattah el-Sisi. She made the documentary “Sexual harassment : an egyptian disease”, aired on France 24 in 2013 and nominated for an award at “Les Lauriers de la télévision”. 

Shane Goldmacher is a national political reporter and was previously the chief political correspondent for the Metro Desk. Before joining The Times in 2017, he worked at Politico, where he covered national Republican politics and the 2016 presidential campaign. He also served as chief White House correspondent for Politico in the first months of the Trump administration. Before that, he worked for National Journal magazine, where he covered both Congress and campaigns. There, he won the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume Award for Excellence in Political Journalism for a series on lobbyist-sponsored travel. He previously covered California politics and government, working in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and Capitol Weekly, covering the administrations of both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown. A native of San Francisco, he attended the University of California, Berkeley.



Jeremy Ghez, member of AmCham’s Board of Directors, is an associate professor of Economics and International Affairs (Education Track) at HEC Paris. He is the scientific director of the school’s master program in Sustainability and Social Innovation as well as the academic director of the HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics. He is also the coordinator of the Sustainable and Disruptive Innovation Track in the HEC Paris MBA program. His research and teaching focuses on populism, the global business environment, strategic foresight, tech giants, as well as on US and European politics. 



Please RSVP by Friday the 16th of October.

For any question, email amchamfrance@amchamfrance.org.