Our MIIS Hult Prize Team will compete in the regional round TODAY, March 7th. Taking these outstanding MIIS students one step closer to the $1,000,000 prize! A leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs; Hult Prize asks teams from around the world to come up with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises.
Amanda Boyek (MAIPS ’14), Natalie Cox (MPA ’14), Amitay Flores (MAIPS ’14), Maria Kovell (MPA ’14), and Amy Ross (MPA ’14) make up the MIIS team and will be taking their idea for improving youth nutrition to San Francisco this week. The MIIS team already made it into the top 300 out of 10,000 teams to put them into the regional finals where they will present in front of a jury comprised of regional CEOs, Non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs. If our team moves forward they will join the other regional finalists from 6 global cities in what is called the Hult Accelerator. Over the months of July and August the finalists will enter a fast-paced social business immersion program that will leave the MIIS team with a fully-formed and investor ready corporation ready to compete in the Global Finals in September.
As part of the spring 2014 Colloquium, international consultant Don Lewis will speak on the importance of Emerging Power’s Economic Statecraft, especially the case of China.
Key Considerations: Emerging Powers and Economic Statecraft: China’s Economic Diplomacy
- How is China engaging the World?
- Hard power vs Soft Power à Chinese Smart Power
- How is China’s power being felt?
- Is there a “Beijing consensus?”
When: March 10, 6-8pm
Where: McGowan 102
Donald Lewis has been a Research Fellow, Lecturer in Law and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Prior to coming to Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law in Hong Kong, China, where he taught and conducted research on Chinese law, Chinese and international dispute resolution, and international trade and economic law for 23 years. Professor Lewis has served as a U.S. Fulbright Law Professor in China at the law schools of Nankai University (Tianjin) and Zhongshan University (Guangzhou), and has also taught or lectured at Peking University and Tsinghua University law schools (Beijing).
While at the HKU Faculty of Law, Professor Lewis acted as Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program, and China’s WTO accession. Professor Lewis acted as the first Academic Coordinator of the official World Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for the governments of Asia Pacific, including the Chinese government, providing technical training to trade officials on the WTO disciplines.
Professor Lewis has advised international law firms, investment banks and multinational corporations on Chinese law matters. He has served as an expert Advisor and Consultant to the United Nations for Asia Pacific governments on a range of international trade and investment issues.
His research and writing over the past decade have focused on China’s WTO reforms and dispute settlement, US-China trade issues, China trade and investment law, rule of law, the green economy, innovation and sustainable development in China, Chinese outbound direct investment, Asian regional IP/IT issues, including software protection, e-commerce and trade facilitation, the antitrust and IP intersection in China, as well as Chinese and international dispute resolution.
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Steve Pifer will visit the Institute on March 24 as part of the Spring 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series
Steve Pifer who is the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institute will offer a guest lecture open to the public in Irvine auditorium on March 24, 5-8pm. Mr. Pifer will offer expert insights focused on the current nature of Eurasian diplomacy and statecraft.
Steve Pifer spent more than 25 years serving in the State Department with the bulk of his work focusing on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He has held postings in Kyiv (Kiev), London, Moscow, Geneva and Warsaw as well as on the National Security Council. Pifer is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. He is also a non-resident senior adviser with the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Pifer has spoken on CNN, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio and VOA, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Boston Globe, among others. Most of his media precense has focused around Russia, Ukraine and arms control. Click here to view full bio.
Speaker Event Details: Russian Power Diplomacy and Eurasian Integration
Key lecture topics
- The shift from G-8 to G-20 and the Nature of Statecraft
- The Exercise of Economic Power in Eurasia
- Strategic Economic (Industrial) Policy and Emerging Power
- Energy Statecraft and Western and Central European Relations
When: March 24, 5-8pm
Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building
This event is open to the public. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com
Escama Studio is a social enterprise based in California and Brazil. Their mission is to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade. Their flagship product is crocheted accessories with post-consumer (recycled) pop tabs.
The fashion products are handmade in Brazil by artisan groups who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio. Escama Studio is a green company, a fair trade company and an ongoing experiment in sustainability.
Job Descritpion: Social Media Marketing Intern
Duration: 1 Semester (February – May, 2014)
The intern will assist with the execution of a data driven social media campaign that will quantifiably raise metrics of Escama Studio website. Other objectives will be to raise awareness of the Escama Studio company as a Brazil-US based social enterprise that creates fashion accessories and generate inbound links to our website and create broad-based mainstream media and social media attention in anticipation of the World Cup and Olympics – both of which will be hosted in Brazil.
Part time intern will assist in the following areas:
* Write original content and compile ‘curated content’ for use in blog and Facebook. Topics will range from social enterprise, eco fashion, sustainable design, Brazilian design.
* Help to identify ‘influencers’ bloggers, online editors. ‘Pitch’ online influencers with press releases and other content.
* Track traffic number of inbound links and other metrics to assess the success of campaign.
Unpaid to start, but paid work a potential in the future from performance-based bonuses and/or a future position.
-Autonomy, growth and learning, and ability to help grow an exciting global social impact business.
- Working 10-20 hours per week, remote and flexible schedule. Prefer one monthly meeting in SF if possible.
Please take a look at our website and social media platforms below. See if what we are doing interests you and see if there is anything that you would want to improve!
Interested candidates, please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars: MIIS Alum Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 17, 6-8pm with career networking reception at 5pm.
Who: Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford
Lecture topic and key considerations:
Economic Diplomacy: A Private Sector Perspective
- Working in a global marketplace
- Dealing with domestic policies in an international market
- Trade agreements and the rules of the international system
- Standards, trade facilitation, and global value-chains
- Corporate values, social responsibility and sustainable development
When: February 17, 6-8pm; Reception 5pm at the Upper McCone Atrium with lecture to follow in McGowan 102
The Center for Conflict Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Peacebuilders Fellowship – a summer fellowship program for graduate students in the United States.
This application round will be for fellowships in summer 2014.
In keeping with the mission of the Center for Conflict Studies, the goal of Peacebuilder Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant”conflict, will provide empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan ”Knowledge as Action; Action as Change”. (more…)
Mark your calendars: Rufus Yerxa and Demetrios Marantis to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 7, 3-5pm!
GSIPM is pleased to announce the second Spring Colloquium guest speaker event, featuring Rufus Yerxa and Demetrios Marantis. During the discussion, participants will hear from field experts on Economic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System
Who: Rufus Yerxa and Demetrios Marantis
Lecture topic and key considerations:
Economic Diplomacy and Tradecraft in the Global Trading System
- How does the U.S. play in a G-20 System?
- How does the Private Sector fit into the System?
- How Will The Exercise Of Economic Statecraft Change?
- How the Global Trading System and What Will It Look Like in 2025?
When: February 7, 3-5pm
Where: Morse Building, Room B104
Rufus Yerxa joined MIIS as a visiting professor in October 2013, having recently completed more than a decade of service as Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. As the organization’s second ranking official, he helped to broaden the WTO’s membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade.
Prior to joining the WTO, Mr. Yerxa worked as a senior U.S. government trade official, Congressional staff advisor and private lawyer. He served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Deputy United States Trade Representative in Washington. He was a leading figure in the effort to negotiate and secure Congressional approval of both the NAFTA agreement and the Uruguay Round/WTO agreement.
Yerxa was also with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. After leaving the U.S. government he joined the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he was a resident partner in the firm’s Brussels office.
Ambassador Demetrios Marantis heads Square’s International Policy and Regulatory Affairs work. Founded in 2009, and headquartered in San Francisco, Square has developed a portable credit card application and technology, and is an online marketplace.
Prior to joining Square in May 2013, Marantis served as Acting United States Trade Representative and Deputy United States Trade Representative and was nominated for this position by President Barack Obama. As Deputy USTR, he was responsible for U.S. trade negotiations and enforcement in Asia and Africa, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with countries ranging from South Africa to the Philippines. He played a central role in the negotiation and congressional passage of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement and spearheaded conclusion in APEC of the first-ever agreement to reduce tariffs on environmental goods.
In his earlier career, Marantis served as Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. He advised Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, as well as members and staff of the Finance Committee and Democratic Caucus, on trade and economic issues.
Marantis also worked in Hanoi as Chief Legal Advisor for the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council where he provided technical assistance on international trade matters. Between 1998 and 2002, he served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he negotiated provisions of international trade agreements and represented the United States in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. He also worked for five years in the Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at email@example.com by Thursday 2/6/2014.
To learn more about the colloquium, please visit the Colloquium Landing Page.
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Four Monterey Institute MBA students, James Shirreff (MBA/MAIEP ’14), John Foss (MBA ’13), Mary Vargo (MBA ’14) and Morgan Rogge (MBA/MAIEP ’14), traveled to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to compete in the final round of the International Business for a Better World competition, sponsored by Corporate Knights and the Schulich School of Business. On January 24th, the four presented their proposal to a panel of very distinguished judges as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Mark your calendars: Professor Evan Hillebrand to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 3, 6-9pm!
This year’s Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium focuses on Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft. Many influential leaders and practitioners from around the world will be sharing their experiences in this increasingly important topic.
GSIPM is pleased to announce the first Spring Colloquium guest speaker, Professor Evan Hillebrand. During the discussion, participants gain deeper insight on economic sanctions.Event Details: Who: Professor Evan Hillebrand Lecture topic and key considerations: Economic Sanctions Do they work? How do we measure it? If not, why not? What is the alternative? If they do work, when, where, why, and how? When: February 3, 6-9pm Where: McGowan Building, Room 102 at 411 Pierce Street
Evan Hillebrand is Professor of International Economics and serves as Director of Graduate Studies at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Futures. He teaches courses in Geopolitical Modeling, Economic Statecraft, Globalization and Energy Security. Before coming to the Patterson School in 2004, Dr. Hillebrand served over 30 years as an economic analyst and econometric modeler with the Central Intelligence Agency. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
His research interests include long-term economic growth, global poverty, foreign trade, economic power, and the modeling of political relationships. He is a collaborator with the International Futures Project at the University of Denver and he has consulted for the National Intelligence Council, the Departments of State and Energy, the United Nations, the European Union and the Shanghai Institute of American Studies. His book, Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures is due out in August, 2014, by MIT Press.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1/31/2014.
To learn more about the colloquium, please visit the Colloquium Landing Page.
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From the 10th to the 24th of January, the Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) conducted a leadership training in Rwanda. DPMI is run through the Monterey Institute of International Studies and collaborated with Partners in Health to provide this extraordinary opportunity.
In this two week training program, thirty students and professionals from countries ranging from the United States to Germany to Russia to Rwanda, were led by Professor Beryl Levinger in academic and practical work focused on effective, community-oriented management of NGO programming. Rwanda was selected as the site for this training because of the incredible resources it has to offer. During this two-week engagement, participants acquired tools that can be applied to a wide range of scenarios, particularly in the public health sector, and had the opportunity to travel the country to observe these tools in action. They learned relevant skills within the Rwandan context; using the country’s successes in decreasing HIV, malaria and other key diseases to understand the best ways nonprofit organizations can facilitate similar successes through nonprofit work in other countries around the world.
On January 18th, DPMI visited Gakenke District where they met with practitioners at Ruli District Hospital and the Ihangane Project, a US-based nonprofit that operates in the Hospital’s catchment area. DPMI participants were welcomed by Dr. Mutaganzwa Avite who then took them on a comprehensive tour of Hospital facilities. Next, they were given a presentation by Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, Deputy Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center, on the current state of Rwanda’s public health service provision and the achievements the country has made in public health programs ranging from targeting key HIV populations to providing bed nets for infants and pregnant women throughout the country. After this presentation, participants enjoyed walking around Ruli, speaking with locals in the village Center and observing life in rural Rwanda. They also appreciated being taken to the small shop owned by Ihangane Ruli Cooperative, where they could see and ask questions about traditional Rwandan handicrafts. Of course they purchased a number of beautiful items to take home to their families as a token of their time in Rwanda!
The Ihangane Project took this opportunity to give a presentation on its work in Ruli District Hospital’s catchment area, emphasizing its community-oriented approach service provision through its Nutrition for HIV-exposed Infants Program. The participants were impressed with the organization’s involvement in the Ruli community, and its commitment to supporting local health practitioners to meet health goals established by the Ministry of Health.
It was certainly a day to remember—professional connections were established, best practices were shared, and most importantly, a group of people from around the world collected in a small Rwandan village and learned critical lessons that will inform and improve their work back home.
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