Wilton man helps lead World Affairs Forum

Damon Vocke, of Wilton, has been elected to the board of directors of the World Affairs Forum. The election took place June 8 at the forum’s annual meeting at the Stamford Yacht Club.

Vocke (pronounced Vo-Key) is managing partner of the Vocke Law Group, a boutique law firm specializing in corporate litigation and business counseling on regulatory and corporate governance matters with offices in Stamford, Chicago and New York.

In a telephone interview, Vocke outlined his plan as a board member.

“It’s continuing to educate people in the local community about what’s happening in international affairs. It’s important for people to understand not only what’s happening locally, but in the world today,” Vocke said.

The reason for that is simple.

“We live in a global economy and the international impact of events has an impact on our lives and our future, so it’s important for people to be educated about that,” he said.

That is done by the group through presentations of noted speakers.

“In terms of world affairs, we have a very good board of directors and ask our directors and members to spread the word about the good events we put on with terrific speakers in  academia, foreign policy and government,” he said.

There’s no shortage of subjects to cover. “Certainly, there’s a lot of conflict in the world today and educating people about that is positive. We can bring greater resources to them to understand those conflicts. And engagement is the second step, how do we engage to address these problems?”

Vocke previously served as president of General Re Corporation, as well as its global general counsel. His responsibilities at Gen Re included oversight of all corporate legal matters globally, including federal, state and international regulatory, governance and compliance, and litigation matters. He also served as chairman of a Lloyd's of London syndicate, and United States Aviation Underwriters, based in New York City. Prior to joining Gen Re he was an equity partner specializing in complex business litigation matters at Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP (Chicago), where he was lead counsel on numerous complex arbitration and commercial litigation matters.

He holds a B.A and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

The World Affairs Forum, which serves Fairfield and Westchester counties, is part of a national network of more than 95 councils, tied together by the World Affairs Councils of America, with a shared mission of educating members, students and the public about global affairs and America’s role in the world.

It serves more than 500 members and the larger community through a variety of programs and brings to the Stamford area thinkers, writers and policy makers involved in world affairs through approximately 30 events each year.