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“Young Entrepreneurs Fostering Transformative Changes in Africa”
Luana holds a degree in public relations and advertisements from the University of Istanbul. She currently works at Tiniguena, an NGO in Guinea-Bissau that works with biodiversity, where she assists with communication, youth, and civic duty. She hopes to start her own company and run it with the values of environment and sustainable development at its core.
Charles, CEO of “Akili Labs,” is currently completing a Masters of Science in Biotechnology from Rhodes University. Through his research on removal of toxic metals from waste water, he recognized the lack of medical diagnostics, which causes 12 million deaths annually in Africa. In response he built “Lab in Box”, which can perform medical diagnostics in the field.
Saeed founded “The Smile Shop Dental Clinics” to improve access to quality dental care in rural and urban communities. To make dental healthcare more affordable, he introduced an innovative dental savings plan. Saeed is currently working on adapting his current model for rural communities, where people can exchange farm produce or livestock. to pay for care.
Awa holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Telecom SudParis. After working in France and Senegal, she founded the Lifantou project in 2016, which uses crowd-sourced geospatial data to link farmers with school canteens. Her goal is to secure food for public school children, reinforce food distribution, and boost the agriculture sector.
“Young Entrepreneurs Challenging the Political and Economic African Status Quo: How and Why?”
The U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship, started in 2014 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative created by President Obama, empowers young people from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. This year the Fellowship is providing 1,000 young ambassadors with the opportunity to hone their skills at U.S. higher education institutions. The Iowa delegation of Fellows will spend six weeks in Iowa taking entrepreneurial classes and touring the state.
Leslie is a broadcast journalist based in Zimbabwe. Leslie is currently a producer and presenter of The Quest on Breeze FM, a mid-morning radio show that deals with business, health, and environmental issues, while also building social entrepreneurship skills to address unemployment challenges within the Victoria Falls community.
Maphano has four years of experience in the beauty industry. Maphano is currently the Manager and Owner of Phano Ea Bophelo Beauty and Rehab Spa, where she works as a nail technician, makeup artist, leader, administrator, and supervisor.
Adewale has over five years of experience in middle management and business consulting, with special interest in business development and marketing. Currently, Adewale is the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Heenspire Foods, a snack and beverage company that focuses on locally made and packaged products from farm produce that could have gone to waste.
“2015-2016 Fulbright Scholars Discuss Their Plans”
The Fulbright award is one of the most prestigious academic award in the world. Established to increase global perspective between the US and other countries via exchange of students, through an exclusive application process those awarded represent the best international scholars. This year the University of Iowa had record-setting thirteen Fulbright Recipients, three of these recipients will discuss their exciting research and future plans.
Quinn Hejlik graduated with a B.A. in History and International Studies in May. With his Fulbright U.S. award, Hejlik will work as an English Teaching Assistant in Russia, where he hopes to develop a deeper understanding of Russian culture and language while extending the same understanding of English language and American culture to his Russian students.
Daniel Goering is a Ph.D. candidate in organizational behavior and human resources in the UI Tippie College of Business. Goering will study work-life balance issues and investigate methods to increase resilience to work-family stress with experts at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan.
Julia Julstrom-Agoyo graduated with a B.A. in International studies with a focus in human rights, a certificate in sustainability, and minors in Political Science and Spanish in May. Julstrom-Agoyo will use her Fulbright U.S. award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia to create a dialogue about the cultures and values of Malaysian and American people in terms of the arts, environment, and values to build friendships.
Google and other American global information technology companies are caught between two worlds. They are tethered to their American umbilical cords-networks, servers, business models, and legal frameworks-and yet have to live with the realities of lucrative markets like China, whose culture of freedom of expression differs from that of the United States. Google has had to live with China’s elaborate system of Internet censorship- the so-called “Great Firewall of China.”
Lyombe Eko is associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also co-Director of the African Studies Program. He teaches courses in media law and ethics, comparative and international communication. He has published two books: Case Studies in Comparative Communication Law and Policy (2012); and American Exceptionalism, The French Exception and Digital Media Law (2013). He has also published numerous articles in law review and refereed international communication journals.
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Over the past three decades, economic inequality has risen in many democracies around the world. As the rich grow richer relative to everyone else, do they also grow relatively more powerful, undermining democracy’s promise of political equality? Patterns of political attitudes, behavior, and policymaking in democracies around the world support the answer that yes, political equality does depend on economic equality.
Frederick Solt is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. His primary research interests are in comparative politics and focus on the consequences of economic inequality for political attitudes and behavior. His work on this topic has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and other journals. To facilitate this research, he created and maintains the Standardized World Income Inequality Database (SWIID), which provides the most comparable data available on income inequality for countries around the world over the past half-century.
“Transforming a Local Business with Global Connections”
In an ever-globalizing world, maintaining a small, local business is increasingly difficult. Companies need to expand and use their global connections while remaining grounded within their communities. Chuck Peters, CEO and President of the Gazette Company, will discuss the variety of international initiatives the Gazette Company currently has underway.
Chuck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Gazette Company, a company owned by a trust for the benefit of the employees (ESOP), and doing business as Iowa SourceMedia Group, consisting of The Gazette newspaper, KCRG – TV9, an ABC affiliate, Hoopla, and numerous online sites; Fusionfarm, a digital services agency and ColorWeb Printers. He is on the board of directors of the Newspaper Association of America.
A lawyer by training, Chuck graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. He spent a decade in the appliance business, five years as President of Amana Refrigeration and until 1998 as Vice President – Administration of Maytag. Between appliance assignments, he was the CEO of Breakthrough, an Iowa City start-up software and consulting company engaged in developing effective early literacy programs for school systems.
More than ever before, today’s business students are graduating into a global economy. In addition to the challenges of technology and the global movement of goods and services, students must also be able to work – sometimes virtually, sometimes face-to-face – with persons from a variety of cultures, languages, and political/economic systems. What are the skills required for business students to be successful in such an environment? Learn how the UI Tippie College of Business is addressing these needs, both now and in the future.
Dean Gardial, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., earned a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. She earned a PhD in Marketing from the University of Houston.
Dean Gardial is trying to instill in her students a global mindset. Twenty-two percent of the UI Tippie College of Business undergraduate students are from non-U.S. countries, with most from China, Malaysia, and India. Such international students clearly benefit from education and immersion in U.S. culture, but she is trying to help U.S. students benefit from international students as well. Dean Sarah Gardial enjoys her free time. She is a huge rock ‘n’ roll fan; some of her favorite singers are Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. She was once lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll outfit, Air Supply Chain. She also loves to explore new parts of the country on her motorcycle.
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“Romanian Reflections on the EU”
In February 1992 the Maastricht Treaty laid the groundwork for what would soon become the European Union. From the very beginning, the EU rapidly became one of the largest and most influential intergovernmental unions in the world, and in 2013, twenty years on from its establishment, its 27 member states stretch from Cyprus to Scandinavia. However, in recent years the global economic downturn has left its mark on the European community, and what has become known as the “Euro Crisis” has left many wondering if the EU has done more harm than good.
Diana Rus is a Fogarty Scholar at the Injury Prevention Research Center, University of Iowa, as well as a researcher at the Center for Health Policy and Public Health at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Diana’s research focuses on injury and violence prevention, specifically injury surveillance systems and road safety. She’s actively involved in several European Commission funded research projects and joint actions in the field of safety, including “JAMIE: Joint Action to Monitor Injuries in Europe” and “TACTICS: Tools to Address Childhood Trauma, Injuries and Childhood Safety.”
Diana will present her views on Romania’s role in the EU, and if EU membership has helped or hurt Romania. Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, is one of the newest members of the community and its success or failure in wake of the financial crisis will be crucial in determining the future success of the European Union as a whole.
Gregory S. Churchill is the Executive Vice President of Rockwell Collins International and Service Solutions, an organization that combines all of Rockwell Collins’ International and Service operations into one entity. He will be sharing a high level overview of some basic, but very real, truths about doing business in the international marketplace based on experiences that he has developed over many years of serving a broad range of customers. Churchill is responsible for approximately $2B in orders capture, $900M in sales and 3,000 people in approximately 30 countries.
Before being appointed to lead this organization in February 2010, Churchill was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Government Systems for Rockwell Collins.
Churchill, a 30 plus year veteran of the company, also served as Vice President and General Manager of Business and Regional Systems since June 2001. He held several business development and program management positions before being named Vice President of Business Development for Government Systems in February 2000.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Churchill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial administration from Iowa State University. Churchill is also a member of the Engineering College Industrial Advisory Council and the Business College Advisory Council for Iowa State University and serves on the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids Baseball Club.
Churchill is a member of the following organizations: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Airlift Tanker Association, Army Aviation Association of America, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, American Helicopter Society, Association of the U.S. Army, Navy League and the National Defense Industrial Association.