Presenters

Please Note: Presenters are listed in order corresponding to their appearance in the schedule.


Veipune Sarah

Veipune Sarah

Veipune SARAH

About: Veipune Sarah studied business at Whatcom Community College through the Northwest Community College Initiative program in 2013-2014. Since returning home to India, she has become a project coordinator at Socio-Economic & Environment Development Services (SEEDS) (http://seeds-int.org/) where she is responsible for managing a project on women’s empowerment through education. Through community outreach, she has been working to improve the literacy and work opportunities for women living in villages in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. Veipune Sarah will discuss how she leveraged her business background to become a social entrepreneur.

Talk Title: Alumni Panel


Alam Chandranegara

Alam Chandranegara

Alam CHANDRANEGARA

About: Alam Chandranegara studied business management at Pierce College through the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) in 2012-2013. Two months after returning to Indonesia in 2013, he got a job at a sole distributor for overhead cranes from Germany. A year later, he and a colleague branched off to start their own business offering repair and maintenance service and supplying spare parts for overhead cranes. They also became a distributor for the first overhead cranes made in Indonesia. Alam will share his experience as an entrepreneur and give some tips on what it takes to start your own business.

Talk Title: Alumni Panel


Shamshad  Hussain

Shamshad Hussain

Shamshad HUSSAIN

About: Shamshad Hussain studied hospitality management and tourism at Daytona State College through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) in 2007-2008. Since returning to Pakistan, he has served as the president of the Pakistan-US alumni network for Gilgit Baltistan. He is also the executive director of Grace Association Pakistan (http://www.grace.org.pk), a non-profit organization working with issues such as education, healthcare, environment and natural resource management. Shamshad also manages the English Access Micro scholarship for Gilgit Baltistan, funded by the US Embassy Islamabad. He will speak about how to seek out opportunities to help empower your community.

Talk Title: Alumni Panel


Dr. Roy Steiner

Dr. Roy Steiner

Dr. Roy STEINER

About: Dr. Steiner has focused his career on creating a sustainable, breakthrough impact through the effective management of cohesive, visionary teams. He pursues meaningful impact through excellence and innovation.
 
Dr. Steiner has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering, 8 years as serial entrepreneur/CEO of 4 internet businesses in Africa, and a decade leading agricultural development initiatives at the Gates Foundation.

Talk Title: Leadership: Leveraging Your Skills in Uncertain Economies

Description: Learn several key success strategies for developing your leadership skills to build your career and/or business in uncertain economies.


Dr. Mohan Narula

Dr. Mohan Narula

Dr. Mohan NARULA

About: Having one of the most impactful careers in Mongolia’s health ministry, Dr. Narula has worked long-term in India, Nigeria, USA, Liberia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Mongolia and Japan. He has earned the Outstanding Health Worker of Mongolia Medal and Title as well as the President’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Services to the People of Mongolia. Dr. Narula has held prominent medical management positions around the world and has lived a life of service.

Talk Title: Guiding Principles for a Life of Service


Sophia Stergiou

Sophia Stergiou

Sophia STERGIOU

About: Sophia Stergiou has served as the Alumni Coordinator for the Western Hemisphere at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since January 2010. She works with U.S. Embassies and program implementing agencies to engage with alumni of State Department and U.S. government funded exchange programs. Prior to joining the Office of Alumni Affairs, she worked with the region for three years at the Organization of American States at its D.C. headquarters, promoting education and political dialogue. Sophia is fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and has travelled to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay, as well as many Western European countries. Always interested in learning about other languages and cultures and sharing her own, she completed a Masters in International Education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s in Spanish and Marketing from DePaul University in Chicago.

Talk Title: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal


Leyla T. Haidarian

Leyla T. Haidarian

Leyla T. HAIDARIAN

About: Describing herself as a ‘spiritual’ refugee to Africa, Leyla Tavernaro Haidarian is passionate about using media to cultivate the art of living well. She is a producer, speaker and coach and her topical focus is nurturing collaborative approaches to life, business and governance. She coaches entrepreneurs all over the African continent, refining their business pitches and helping them understand the value of collaboration – especially in the early stages of their start-ups.

Talk Title: Social Entrepreneurship: Find your Y-Factor

Description: The Y-Factor is about understanding the ‘why’ that can motivate and shape an entrepreneurial undertaking – especially if one has experienced adversity. Leyla coaches many African startups in understanding their ‘why’ so they can create a compelling business model while collaborating, engaging and contributing alongside their peers.


Vivian Argueta Bernal

Vivian Argueta Bernal

Vivian ARGUETA BERNAL

About: Vivian has 10 years of experience driving urban and rural development. She has worked in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. She is an experienced team leader and team member, fostering the preparation, management and implementation of projects across different sectors. Vivian also collaborates with a variety of organizations to support and encourage the professional and personal development of women. She also promotes the use of technology, social media, and networks to promote the access to information, knowledge and new services. Believing that innovation, creativity and new ideas are critical to finding solutions for the current challenges confronting society, Vivian also supports the use of technology and media to create social change.

Talk Title: Ensuring Success: The power of meaningful relationships and bonds of friendship for your professional development

Description: You have no doubt heard over and over that a critical component to your professional development will be the extent to which you network and meet the right contacts. But what does networking and meeting the right people mean? Is it about going to high-end events and parties and giving out business cards? Is it about securing an internship or job in the most prestigious and biggest company in your field? Is networking impossible if you are a shy or reserved individual for whom it does not come natural to seek someone out and ask for advice? In this session, we explore what networking can be (for its not necessarily the way everyone sees it) and why its a healthy for your professional and personal development, and for the advancement of our societies and markets as a whole. Networking is examined in the light of building meaningful relationships and lasting bonds of friendships with all kinds of individuals while maintaining an attitude of learning. Most importantly, networking is seen as an opportunity for you to contribute your skills and talents at the same time that you are receiving experience and the knowledge of others.


Tabata Amaral de Pontes

Tabata Amaral de Pontes

Tabata Amaral de PONTES

About: Tábata Amaral de Pontes – 21 years old, from the outskirts of Sao Paulo, she received a full scholarship to complete her studies at a private school and represented Brazil in five international Science Olympiads during high school. She is the co-founder of Projeto VOA!, a project that prepares students from public schools to Science Olympiads, and of Mapa Educação, a project that aims to represent Brazilian children and youth in the national education debate. Her biggest dream is to work with public education, being part of great changes in the Brazilian educational system. Currently, she is studying Political Science and Astrophysics at Harvard, focusing on inequality and education in Latin America. She loves dancing and reading, besides hiking, bike riding and traveling.Talk Title: Making impact: How to build an effective team and bring different people together


Dr. Iraj Abedian

Dr. Iraj Abedian

Dr. Iraj ABEDIAN

About: Born in Iran, a personal friend of Nelson Mandela, listed in “Who’s Who of South Africa.”

Iraj Abedian is an Independent Non-Executive Director for Capital Property Fund. He is also a Board Member for Development Bank of Southern Africa, an Economic Advisor for Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA), and a Chief Executive Officer for Pan African Advisory Services.

Talk Title: Making the Economy Work for the Poor: With Reference to the Role of Ethics

Description: The presentation will argue that the world over the political economy challenge is to ensure that the outcome of the production process is conducive to social equitability. The rising global inequality, especially within the developing countries, entails much human suffering and socio-political risks and instability. At the core of the problem, it may be argued, lies a systemic neglect of ethics. The consequences of this are manifested in pervasive corruption and misuse of resources within public and private sectors. The primary burden of this systemic malaise falls on the poor. Making the economy work for the poor, therefore, will require, amongst others, a systemic ethical re-balancing by all stakeholders within the economy.