Category Archives: Spring 2019

Dimy Doresca, Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Doresca, Dimy“Trade and Small Businesses in Africa”

       Dimy Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and an International Business Specialist and Consultant. He sits on the following boards and councils: Iowa District Export Council Department of Commerce, Engage Cuba Coalition, State of Iowa Council, National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE International), YALI Regional Leadership Center – Dakar, Senegal, and Community Health Initiative, CHI – Haiti.
       He is the Director of the Institute for International Business and a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at The University of Iowa. He is also the Academic Director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa. In the last two years, he has hosted three cohorts of Mandela Washington Fellows from more than 25 Sub-Sahara African countries in the business and entrepreneurship field.
       In the last 18 years his professional experience includes international market research, doing business overseas, risk analysis, strategic planning, budgeting, financial management, business development and operations, contracts administration and negotiations, claim analysis, and international banking. During his career, Dimy has set many international offices, worked with local suppliers, recruited local representatives, negotiated contracts and terms of payment, and dealt with foreign banks, insurance companies, and foreign government officials in many countries in the Middle East and Asia.
       Dimy holds a BA in International Business from Augustana College and an MS in Foreign Service (International Affairs) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He speaks English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

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John Reitz, Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

reitz.png“The Chinese Model of Democracy is a Major Competitor to Liberal Democracy”

Fluent in French and German, conversant in Dutch, Italian, and Spanish, and currently studying Chinese, Russian, Persian, and Turkish, as well as a variety of ancient languages, Professor Reitz’s love of foreign languages led him to focus his professional career on comparative law and transnational transactions. Formerly Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review, a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the University of Munich (1970-1971), and an extern in the Office of the Legal Advisor to the Department of State, Professor Reitz spent eight years in private practice with the Washington, DC, law firms of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and Crowell & Moring, periodically involved with foreign clients and problems of transnational litigation.
     He is a Director of the American Society of Comparative Law, has served several two-year terms on the Executive Committee of that organization and chaired a variety of other committees. He has also served as the chair of the Comparative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.
     Prior to joining the faculty of the College of Law in 1983, Professor Reitz served as an American Fellow to the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar on American Law and Institutions.
     The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Professor Reitz’s scholarship reflects his teaching interest. In 1989-90, he held Fulbright and German Marshal Fund fellowships to conduct research in Germany. Recent teaching and scholarship have focused on two fronts: the development of the rule of law in Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union; and the comparative study of economic regulation and deregulation. He is an editor of Constitutional Dialogues in Comparative Perspective (London & NY: Macmillan Press, 1999) (with Kenney and Reisinger) and currently is studying (1) the specific ways in which the legal systems of Western European nations and the United States reflect differences in political and economic structures and (2) the export and import of foreign legal models in newly democratizing states.

 

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