About Us

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WACST offers a wide range of involvement options. Some members attend our guest lecturer luncheons on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Other members also sign-up to host 1-to-1 dinners via WACST’s International Visitors Program. Depending on your level of interest, WACST provides further opportunities to take part in small-party dinners with our visiting Expert Lecturers – typically on the evening prior to the monthly luncheons. Some WACST members choose to book their vacation and travel plans through and in conjunction with, World Affairs Council foriegn tours and international events. For the most stout of heart and spirit, WACST invites interested members to apply to become WACST Board Members or volunteers. Your level of involvement is completely within your sphere of control.

Seeking insights and knowledge regarding Global Affairs – as it
impacts our community.

We strive to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate in a global community. We accomplish our mission by presenting lectures, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs, and hosting deliberative sessions for young professionals.

Our Senior Leadership

Anantha Babbili
CEO

Message From Our CEO

Dr. Anantha S. Babbili serves as the elected President and CEO. He is former Chairman of the Board. Corpus Christi resident for nearly a decade, Babbili has served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he currently holds tenured professorship in global leadership, communication and media studies. Previously, he was professor and director of international communication programs at Texas Christian University; later, served as Dean of the College of Mass Communication at MTSU in Tennessee. He has held visiting professorships in Canada, India and lectures in Slovakia, Mexico, Europe, India, Hong Kong and other countries. He taught at Oxford University and in London, UK, for TCU.

The World Affairs Council of South Texas strives to bring a global vision of human challenges that can be addressed at the grassroots level. Corpus Christi (and south Texas region) is one of the very best showcases of American culture and economy. We address issues ranging from human trafficking to global health, from home hospitality for visitors of the U.S. State Department to the discussion of contemporary foreign policy challenges. Please join us in our activities that flow from our monthly luncheon speakers to our engagement with Ray High School’s International Baccalaureate Program in nurturing international awareness. Onward, WACST!

Don Feferman
Chairman

Message From Our Chairman

Mr. Feferman is admitted to practice law in Texas and Colorado. He received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965. Although he limits his practice to law, he is also a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Texas, Colorado, and Corpus Christi Bar Associations as well as the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Feferman currently serves the Chairman of the World Affairs Council, South Texas chapter, as well as the Chairman of the Board of the Corpus Christi International Airport. He is also Vice Chairman of the South Coast Angel Network, and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Business Innovations Center at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Mr. Feferman is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Harbor Playhouse.

Mr. Feferman served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam during 1966 and 1967.

Our Mission is to serve Corpus Christi and the greater South Texas Region from the perspective of becoming a Global City in every aspect. Our Council strives to promote understanding of the world – its people, politics, economies and cultures – to enable South Texans to participate more effectively in our world of cultures, an interconnected global economy, while providing leadership and opportunity re foriegn affairs topics.
The Council aims to present programs characterized by integrity and expertise. Our staff members have a personal and professional interest in global issues and are actively involved in the research and development required to bring the most timely and insightful programs to the South Texas Region.
Our goal is to promote public understanding of world affairs, international awareness and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate and strive in our global community.