Monday, May 26th, 2014

DPMI Celebrates 10 Years with a Toast from Freedom from Hunger CEO Steve Hollingworth

May 22, DPMI alumni and friends gathered in the DLC to celebrate 10 years of DPMI, and the many partnerships that nurtured the program’s achievements and innovation.

Honored guests in attendance were Beryl Levinger, Ed Laurence, and CEO of Freedom from Hunger Steve Hollingworth who offered the keynote toast.

The evening kicked off with attendees breaking the ice by answering the question, “if you could have a super power, what would it be?” Below are just a few things that would change as a result of DPMI super powers:

  • No more income disparity
  • Environmental damage would be reversed
  • Steve Hollingworth would be able to slam dunk a basketball…every time!

DPMI alumni, current participants, and friends of the program are invited to attend the D.C. 10 year anniversary reception:

In Washington, D.C.:
When: Thursday, May 29 from 6:15 – 8:00pm
Where: Middlebury office in DC, 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1225
Who: DPMI alumni, current participants, and friends of the program
Guest Speaker: Michelle DeFayette, Integrated Learning Systems Practice Area Director at Engility Corporation/International Resources Group
Contactdpmi@miis.edu or call 831.647.6417

About: DPMI is a three-week professional training program that prepares participants for managing development projects around the world. Since its’ founding in 2004, DPMI has accomplished many milestones, including trainings in Ecuador, Egypt, Rwanda, and a training that will take place in Kenya this summer. All programs combined have cultivated approximately 970 new development leaders, from 40 different countries.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

World Bee Project

Sanghata Global co-founder and early FMS partner and supporter, Sabiha Malik recently traveled to Malaysia to speak about the World Bee Project she recently started with the help of FMS Alum, Ravi Kurani, current FMS scout, Peter Nawaneri and MIIS’ Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs’ Carolyn Taylor Meyer.

The World Bee Project, a UK-based social enterprise is tackling the global challenge of declining honeybee populations through an innovative and scalable model for indigenous honeybee conservation.

Partnering with local communities and enterprises, the World Bee Project aims to increase agricultural productivity, conserve biodiversity and improve livelihood opportunities for the rural poor by creating and supporting beekeeping projects worldwide.

To hear more about the World Bee Project, watch Sabiha Malik’s interview with William Morris on THE ENGLISH HOUR

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Sabiha Malik talking with M.A. students at Limkokwing University in London.  Limkokwing is a private international university with 13 campuses worldwide which awards full scholarships to Malaysia’s brightest talents.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

DPMI 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Come out and help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Development Project Management Institute! This summer’s cohort will bring the total participants trained to over 1000!

There are two events happening this month to commemorate the occasion:

In Monterey:
When: Thursday, May 22 from 6:00 -9:00pm
Where: Monterey Institute, Digital Learning Commons
Who: DPMI alumni, current participants, and friends of the program
Guest Speaker: Steve Hollingworth, CEO of Freedom from Hunger
Contact: dpmi@miis.edu or call 831.647.6417

In Washington, D.C.:
When: Thursday, May 29 from 6:15 – 8:00pm
Where: Middlebury office in DC, 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1225
Who: DPMI alumni, current participants, and friends of the program
Guest Speaker: Michelle DeFayette, Integrated Learning Systems Practice Area Director at Engility Corporation/International Resources Group
Contactdpmi@miis.edu or call 831.647.6417

Food and beverages provided.

About the Monterey Speaker:

steve-hollingworthSteve Hollingworth has served as President of Freedom from Hunger since September 2011. An expert in international development, his fields of expertise include: microenterprise and microfinance, health, education, agriculture, environment, civil society strengthening, local capacity-building, governance and emergency relief and rehabilitation.

Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger, Hollingworth spent 26 years with CARE, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, based in Atlanta, GA. In this capacity, he was instrumental in developing and implementing organization-wide strategy and was responsible for direct line management of global operations and programs with a total of 13,000 employees and a budget of $650 million. He has also held senior field positions in Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), Africa (Lesotho) and Latin America (Bolivia), building collaboration between practitioners, technical assistance providers, donors and government agencies.

Mr. Hollingworth has an M.S. in Economics, Development Studies, from Victoria University of Manchester, UK and a B.A. in Economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

About the D.C. Speaker:

Michelle. EngilityMichelle DeFayette has worked for Engility/IRG – a leading provider of training, systems engineering services, program management and operational support for US Government-funded development projects – since 2009. An expert in international development, her fields of expertise include: facilitation, training, capacity building, organizational development, strategic planning and e-learning.

Prior to joining Engility/IRG, DeFayetter spent 8 years with USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance as Training Manager. In this capacity, she was responsible for designing, developing, facilitating, and managing instructor-led and online courses in new employee orientation, grant-making to relief organizations, safety and security, direct disaster response activities, team management, and coordination with US Government and international entities. Her impressive body of work in the Agency made her the recipient of the USAID Superior Group Award, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) in 2008, and the USAID Meritorious Honor Group Award, OFDA Training Unit for Iraq, Sudan, and Tsunami disaster response in 2005.

Starting in January 2015, Ms. DeFayette will join DPMI as a faculty member thanks to a strategic partnership developed between Engility/IRG and the Monterey Institute, which also include a number of DPMI+ placements.

Ms. DeFayette has an M.A. in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC and a B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

DPMI Plus Colloquium – Webcast!

DPMI Colloquium

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Alex Amling IPSS Cambodia

From posting these blogs to writing them! 

 

IPSS in Cambodia

It seems like ages that I was working at the GSIPM front desk, driving my boss and other staff “insane” with my preparation-related anxieties and emotional outbursts for my IPSS applications. I am sure they were as much relieved as I was when the Cambodia Office of The Asia Foundation approved my application.

Today, 93F/62% humidity (and climbing!), Cambodia feels already like home and it’s only been 7 weeks. Why does it feel like home? When I came back to Phnom Penh from a weekend visit to Siem Reap a few weeks ago, I was sitting at the back of a motorbike taxi driving me home from the bus station. I was directing him, and I got this strange feeling of coming home. I knew my way around, recognized buildings and streets. Anybody slightly familiar with Phnom Penh knows that the streets in this city are a nightmare. House numbers do not make any sense. The only way to communicate where you are is you or a building in relation to a street intersecting. You get the hang of it pretty quickly: “Hey, I live at Street 278, close to street 143, third building on the left, next to a school. Our house has a green iron gate. Walk east towards the Olympic Stadium if you get lost and call me.”  Or, “my work is on Street 242, between Monivong Blvd and Street 63.” I communicate with motorbike taxis and tuk tuk drivers the same way, “Just head towards the Royal Palace, I will show you.” Fascinating!

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It was scary to hop on a motorbike at first but now I have a bike. It is a lot of fun to bike through Phnom Penh especially on the weekends when traffic is slow. Most of the time, however, it feels like committing suicide when I merge into the traffic. There are no apparent rules, except for one: Be reckless and inch your way forward at all cost! This is particularly evident at traffic lights when the time is ticking down. At 10 seconds, you can feel the vibe of hundreds of motorbike drivers around you, getting itchy, accelerating – vroom vroom –  and rolling forward inch by inch, hitting your tire, and releasing a bunch of exhaust fumes into your face. Not that it will do anything for them – and it certainly does not do anything for me except speeding up the decay of my inner organs – but it is hilarious to watch. Then the traffic light hits 3 seconds. Oh boy! The patience has come to a sudden death, an invisible conductor begins to direct the honking concert and the chaos unfolds. The bus coming straight at you, no problem. People here can manoeuver very well. There is also a panacea for this: drafting behind a big SUV or within a group of 10 motorbikes which are forcing their way through traffic and I am good to go. Or, change lanes to the opposite side and wait on the sidewalk (the 3 or 4 in this city that actually earn the name sidewalk) and take any opportunity to make a left turn even though
the traffic light for the left turn lane is still red. I am afraid I have to re-learn how to drive when I come back to the US.

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MIISmafia reunion in Phnom Penh from left: MPA alumna Alex Murga, IPSS Candidate Alexandra Amling, IPS alumni Meg Fukuzawa and Robin Narcisso.

I was very fortunate when I got here because the arm of the MIIS Mafia reaches very far. During my preparations, I bombarded two MIIS alumni and friends working and living in Phnom Penh with hundreds of questions. We are currently four MIIS alumni because the fourth rejoined in March. They can take credit for having made my stay here so comfortable and relaxed. The first day, we went out to a local market and despite signs of a culture shock for me, my friend’s nonchalant demeanor made walking the streets of Phnom Penh almost normal. Thanks to them, I have come to love Phnom Penh very quickly.

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Cambodia is host to a plethora of NGOs, both local and international. Any non-Khmer person you meet on the streets introduces him/herself as “I am working for XYZ.” There is an obvious “invasion” of French people in Cambodia, and then, of course, the Aussies who openly call Southeast Asia their backyard. Honestly, however, Australia is the backbone of many projects here and the biggest donor. If it wasn’t for their support, many things in Cambodia would still not work very well. Not to advocate donor dependency or dismiss foreign aid as something inherently bad, the work that’s being done in Cambodia is incredible. The country is changing rapidly, economically and socially. Just the structure is still limping and has not caught up yet.

My work for TAF (yes, acronyms and abbreviations are not just a MIIS specialty!) is very challenging and inspiring. The first-hand experience of the “real thing” is amazing. The NGO field is so diverse and development has many facets. Networking is fantastic and I have met so many interesting people with very diverse backgrounds. It is an eye opener for the different possibilities and niches out there.

I will be working on a project on Intimate Partner Violence which is quite severe in the Asia-Pacific region with current studies indicating very high prevalence rates.7 Going beyond the nominative aspects of focusing on attitudes towards acceptance of violence against women, I will support a project that will look at the macro-level. I already participated in a workshop from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs,
experiencing the dynamics between donors and recipients. I am very excited to work on a project that is contributing to tackling such a serious problem.

Coming from a strictly academic and research heavy background, I have not been oblivious to the technical hurdles of policy design, implementation and evaluation, but working with people in this field makes the rather abstract discussions in a Policy Analysis class a lot more tangible.6 That being said, I have finally made my way to
Asia after all these years and, as my wonderful Australian coworker put it the other day, I am “finally becoming important.”

I am growing on many levels with IPSS. It is a good start for navigating the abyss of career development, applying knowledge and learning to know who you are.

 

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Room to Dream: A Reflection on Rwanda

Earlier this year, the Development Project Management Institute took approximately 25 MIIS students to Rwanda for an intensive, culturally immersive training. They were joined by 9 Rwandans, as well as participants from places like Russia, Germany, and Haiti.

Minister of Youth and ICT DPMI Rwanda

The trip was co-facilitated by Dr. Beryl Levinger and Marie Kagaju Laugharn, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. 

Marie writes, “During the 1990s, the world equated Rwanda with genocide. This was the lens through which the media and the world saw my country. Today, I want people everywhere to know more about the positive changes happening in Rwanda, as these changes are more nuanced and not well documented or reported. Rwanda is clearly very resilient, working hard, and aspiring to make it. Like Jane and many others like her in Rwanda, the whole country has big dreams and hopes for its future, and it felt great to witness that first-hand.”

For an thoughtful reflection on Rwanda and the experience of DPMI participants, please check out the rest of Marie’s blog here: http://skees.org/foundation_news/136-room_to_dream_a_reflection_on_rwanda 

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

If I could change one thing in the world….

GSIPM is pleased to introduce a new blog series – One Change (#onechange).  The series will be a collection of multimedia stories featuring staff, faculty, and students, all given their answer to the question “If I could make one change in the world, it would look like this….”

Our first GSIPM faculty member to be a part of this series is Kent Glenzer, the Associate Professor (MPA/MBA) and Acting Program Chair for Master’s in Public Administration.  After many years working with non-profits all over the world, Kent became an instructor so that he could, “help students avoid the mistakes my generational colleagues and I made.”  In this #onechange video, Kent highlights the importance and effectiveness of long-term goal setting for organizations.

Please be sure to add your reactions to Kent’s video in the comments section below!

Do you have one change in mind? Submit your #onechange stories to: professional.dev@miis.edu

 

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

MPA Capstone Participants to host a Showcase Fair on May 8, 12-2pm, McCone Atrium

MPA-CapstoneMPA students will present their capstone projects during an innovative 2-hour poster fair in the McCone Atrium on Thursday, May 8, 12-2pm. Presenters will offer up new ideas and share key takeaways in their quest to provide creative solutions for pressings issues – in our local Monterey neighborhoods and in various corners of the world.

 

Featured MPA Capstone Projects include:

Crowdfunding Campaign Design and Management

Implementing a Successful Innovation Center in Salinas

Integrating Social Wealth Indicators into Monterey County Performance Measures

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

Click here to download a complete list of excellent work on showcase.

The 2014 MPA capstone class invites the entire MIIS community as well as interested local community members. Guests are encouraged to ask questions, share feedback, join the dialog.

A reception will follow the showcase fair starting at 2:00 PM at the Digital Learning Commons accessible at 411 Pacific Street, Monterey CA, 93940. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

The MPA Showcase Fair is an informational networking opportunity open to the public. Interested friends and colleagues are welcome. Support our amazing student achievements by helping us to spread the word and most importantly – be there!

Please send inquiries to: mbaimyrz@miis.edu

Monday, April 28th, 2014

FREE Webinar on Global Health – May 1

Unite For Sight’s Global Health University has scheduled a new free global health webinar on Thursday, May 1, 4-5pm Eastern Time, about “Sustainability and Innovation in Global Health”.  Complete details are included below.

To register for the webinar “Sustainability and Innovation in Global Health” please click the link! 

Learn from leading experts about sustainability and innovation in global health. The webinar will include guidance and advice from expert panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about sustainability and innovation.  Learn about the complexities of sustainability, the importance of responsible innovation, and considerations for developing and scaling up ideas. Register for the May 1 webinar athttp://slate.uniteforsight.org/register/innovation

The webinar’s expert panelists are:

  • April Davies, Senior Manager, Africa and Latin America, Water.org
  • Paul Ellingstad, Partner and Program Development Director, Sustainability and Social Innovation, Hewlett-Packard
  • Barrett Prinz, Chief People Officer, One Acre Fund
  • Robin Smalley, Co-Founder, Director of mothers2mothers International

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Announcing – GSIPM Summer Business Boot Camp!

A new Summer Business Boot Camp will be offered at MIIS from August 8-18, 2014. The training (ECPR 8550 Business Fundamentals) is designed to introduce non-MBA students to fundamental concepts to enhance business acumen and boost professional confidence.

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A  new 10 day business certificate program for non-MBA students

The boot camp was designed with the Non-MBA in mind as a way to build business acumen and gain the competitive edge for a managerial role in human or financial resources or in freelance contracting services such as interpretation or translation.

Course Schedule

All classes are scheduled from 9am to 5:30pm with a one hour lunch break in between.

Dates Course Title and Instructor (click names to view bios)
August 8 – 9 Decision ScienceProfessor Eddine Dahel
August 10-11 AccountingProfessor Canri Chan
August 12 – 13 MarketingProfessor Fredric Kropp
August 15 – 16 Managerial EconomicsProfessor Moyara Ruehsen
August 17 – 18 FinanceProfessor Sandra Dow

Course Requirements and Related Fees

For the August 8 – 18, 2014 Summer Business Boot Camp, the fee is $850. This is a one-time only discount to celebrate the inaugural boot camp.  The 2015 Summer Business Boot Camp training fee will be $1,600 USD.

Participants will be required to complete the online MBAMath.com training by August 6th. The MBAMath.com costs $149 and will help students to brush up on basis quantitative skills and excel use.

Fun Fact:  several complimentary happy hours will offer students a way to mingle with top MIIS instructors and build new connections with peers.

Please send inquiries to Lauren Patron: lpatron@miis.edu.

To learn more or to apply, visit: http://www.miis.edu/academics/programs/mba/bootcamp 

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This week! – Dr. Itamara V. Lochard – GSIPM DEAN’S SEMINAR SERIES #23

GSIPM DEAN’S SEMINAR SERIES #23

Don’t miss Dr. Itamara V. Lochard, THIS WEEK, discuss how a digitized 21st century and the word “Cyber” impact your field of study (Tuesday, April 29).

Please join Dr. Lochard with the Monterey Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec) to learn how they address the role of information and computer technology on hard security, development, state and non-state actors, ethics, social media, linguistics and languages, business and economics, peace and stabilization, the environment and other fields of studies that interest MIIS students and faculty.

Dr. Itamara V. Lochard is the Director of MCySec.

When: Tuesday, April 29 @12:10 PM

Where: McGowan 100

For more information on MCySec and how to join click here! 

Dean's Seminar Itamara Lochard

 

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Cuba Presentations – Wednesday April 30!

Join the students from the Spring Break Cuba trip and hear their presentations on their experiences in this fascinating country! Public welcome.

Wednesday, April 30 in the DLC.

Cuba Practicum Digital Sign

Friday, April 25th, 2014

How DPMI impacted my life in 60 seconds…

DPMI alum Aaron Leonard (MPA ’07) joined the DPMI 10-Year Video Mosaic project by “broadcasting from the top of Yangon,” the former capitol of Myanmar. This is where Aaron works as a senior program manager for PACT, an international organization which focuses on improving health, livelihoods, governance and capacity development all over the world.

Watch his video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCtmZajtNQg

PACT has been working in Myanmar since 1997 and has implemented programs to promote health, livelihoods, community development, microfinance, and food security. In conjunction with Myanmar’s emerging democracy, PACT has created thousands of partnerships in the past 17 years with organizations and community groups to implement many comprehensive and influential projects. In his video, Aaron says that at PACT Myanmar, he “works with local governance and civil society strengthening in a country in major transition.”

Aaron says that his DPMI experience “helped me give voice to the thing that I always wanted to do and didn’t know what to call – capacity development.”

PACT describes its Capacity Development as “putting the power of international best practices in service provision, management, monitoring and evaluation in the hands of people who have a vested interest in the development of their community and who will be there to resolve new challenges as they arise.”  PACT also prides itself on its sustainability. “Years after Pact leaves a village, the community institutions it helped form and develop continue to thrive.” Learn more at http://pactworld.org/.

If you are a DPMI alum and have a story to tell, please contact professional.dev@miis.edu to either submit a video or schedule a time to be recorded.  GSIPM is in the process of collecting video stories for a video collage to commemorate DPMI’s 10 year anniversary. Follow this link to learn more about this project. http://sites.miis.edu/dpmi10years/

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Team El Salvador Leadership Applications – Still time to apply! -

- Application deadline EXTENDED to April 29 – 

Team El Salvador Practicum 2014-2015 Call for Leadership Applications

Team El Salvador (TES) is seeking three student leaders to lead the Team El Salvador 9 Practicum during its 2014-2015 program year.

Do you want to gain skills in leadership? International Development? Environmental policy and natural resource management? Survey creation? Improving your Spanish proficiency and communication?

TES leadership is open to all MIIS students, from all departments and fields of study!

How to apply? Please send resume and cover letter to: teamelsalvadormiis@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 29th. Visit us at: http://blogs.miis.edu/teamelsalvador

Team El Salvador provides a unique, professional opportunity for MIIS students to develop and apply practical skills and enhance language proficiency and multicultural competency in a dynamic international setting.

Team leaders will cultivate a variety of professional skills while gaining real world experience. The ideal candidate has a passion for international development, strong leadership skills, and a willingness to facilitate and manage a variety of program elements, including communication and outreach, program development, fundraising, updating and developing website content and social media sites, event scheduling and management, meeting planning and travel logistics and community engagement.

Ideal Candidates will:

• Speak, write and read Spanish at a 400 level
• Understand the mission and goals of Team El Salvador and
El Salvadoran history and culture
• Have strong communication and organizational skills
• Have experience living and working in rural communities of Latin America (or other developing
countries)
• Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
• Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project
demands
• Have experience with fundraising
• Develop and deliver compelling presentations to MIIS faculty, prospective team members, etc.
Executive management and staff

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

TOMORROW @ 6:30pm in the DLC – Spring Break Storytelling – FREE -

GSIPM and the HuSAND Group would like to invite you to join us Tomorrow evening from 6:30-8:30pm for an evening of story telling and post-spring break networking at the DLC.  This FREE event will feature a panel of selected students from each of the spring break trips—Cuba, DC and Shanghai—where each will report on their individual experiences, as well as respond to questions from the moderator and audience.

Immediately following the panel session, everyone is invited to join us for some FREE wine, beverages and light hors d’eavour in the DLC.  We hope that everyone will have a chance to exchange personal stories about their trips and maybe even trade some contacts made along the way.  We also hope to encourage future students to take advantage of these opportunities; your stories go along way in this regard. Plus, what a great way to get to know more people from around campus as some of these trips were open to every program!

GSIPM and HuSAND Storytelling Panel

 

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Wrapping Up the Colloquium with International Trade Lawyer Gary Horlick

Gary Horlick

Gary Horlick, a prominent and influential international trade lawyer will offer the final 2014 Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium guest lecture at the Institute on Monday, April 28 in MG102, 6-9pm.

This year’s Colloquium brought a host of influential leaders and practitioners to the MIIS campus. Guest speakers include former WTO Deputy Director General, Rufus Yerxa, former USTR, Demetrios Marantis, the former chief counsel to OFAC, MIIS alumni holding leadership positions in private sector trade relations, the former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, and world-renown political scientist, Francis Fukuyama. Each speaker offered expert insight in the field of Economic Diplomacy and Statecraft. Colloquium students gained a comprehensive understanding of many aspects of trade, ranging from tariffs and sanctions, to the private sector’s role in sustainable economic development.  They have been presented with differing and diverse perspectives on the global trading system. The variety of perspectives and dialog between students and speakers has provided a highly valuable opportunity for them to think critically about the challenges and opportunities of economic diplomacy.

The final spring 2014 Colloquium lecture event details are below.  This event is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please rsvp to: emcwilliam@miis.edu.

Event Details:

When: April 28, 6-9pm

Where: McGowan Building, MG102

Speaker Profile:

Speaker Profile: Mr. Horlick is the highest-ranked international trade lawyer in the world in the only two rankings, Euromoney/Institutional Investor and Who’s Who Legal, and is in the top tier of Chambers (which does not list individual rankings).

Mr. Horlick has worked in senior positions in the U.S. Congress (International Trade Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee) and the Executive Branch (Head of Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce), where he was responsible for all U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty cases, Foreign Trade Zones, Special Import Programs, and the negotiation of the U.S.-EU Steel Agreement.

He has been Chairman of WTO and Mercosur panels, and has litigated in U.S. courts and administrative agencies; GATT and WTO tribunals; NAFTA Chapters 19 and 20 tribunals; and anti-dumping cases in 12 countries. He has worked on issues involving climate change, textile quotas and monitoring, Generalized System of Preferences, non-market economy status, customs and tariff classification and valuation, export controls, CFIUS and investor-state disputes.

Mr. Horlick has served as counsel to businesses in the U.S. (IBM, Bowater, Arch Chemicals and others) and other countries (Pemex, Noranda, Barilla and others); the U.S. Government and other governments (UK, Canada, Mexico, Chile, South Africa and others); and trade associations (National Cattlemen’s and Beef Association, Federation of the German Chemical Industry, and others).

He has written numerous articles and delivered speeches on international trade and investment. He has served as first Chairman of the WTO Permanent Group of Experts on Subsidies; Chairman of the International Section of the DC Bar; Vice Chairman of the Trade Committee of the International Bar Association; and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He teaches international trade law at Yale, Georgetown, and Berne Universities.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at emcwilliam@miis.edu by Friday 4/25/2014.

To learn more about the colloquium, please visit the Colloquium Landing Page.

 

 

Monday, April 14th, 2014

DPMI to launch training in Kisumu, Kenya June 9-20; Fellowship options post-training

Call for Applications for DPMI Kenya Program*

*Please note that that this program is still pending final approval by MIIS/MIDD Global Operations Committee.

-Learn side-by-side Kenyan development practitioners on a USAID Forward initiative.

-Complete a client project for improving access to quality education.

-Stay in Kisumu and work on client project after the training through a summer internship or DPMI Plus.

What:  DPMI and the Omega Foundation (OF) will partner in the offering of the pilot 12-day intensive DPMI Kenya training focused on strengthening local NGOs’ capacity for improving access to quality education.

Where: The majority of the program (10 days) will be held at a training center in Kisumu, Kenya with 1 day of orientation visits and tours in Kisumu and 1 day spent at a noteworthy tourist/cultural site.

Who: Attendees will include 5 OF staffers, 5 OF affiliates/grantees working in education, 10 Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) graduate students, and up to five additional qualified applicants interested in a career in international development or social change.

When: June 9-20, 2014 followed by optional summer or summer-fall fellowship with Omega Foundation or its grantees/affiliates

Cost: $1,400 for MIIS students inclusive of training cost, triple-occupancy lodging, local transportation, and 1 meal per day (Note: participants should budget for international airfare to Kisumu as well as two meals per day, visa fees, and other miscellaneous costs). Regular tuition rates also apply.

Academic Credit: Students can register for 4 or 6 units of credit for the training and 6 units for the DPMI Plus field practicum– if also completing an internship in Kenya or elsewhere.  Total Credits Possible: 12

Apply: Complete this short registration form by Friday, April 25.

Click here to read more

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Zambo Scholarship DUE this week!

Professor Les Zambo, (1941-2003)

Professor Les Zambo, (1941-2003)

The Fisher International MBA Program invites applicants for the 2014-2015 Les Zambo Scholarship Program. Applications are due Wednesday, April 30th.

Zambo Scholars will receive a grant of up to $12,000.00 towards tuition for MBA studies. Award may be applied to Summer 2014, Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semesters.

Program Purposes

  • Offer financial aid and encouragement to deserving full-time students preparing for international careers.
  • Recognize academic achievement by students in the Fisher International MBA Program.
  • Encourage academic excellence, commitment to the field, service to the Program and the Institute, and collegiality with the MBA class, staff and faculty.

For more information and to access the Application Form please click here: Zambo Announcement 14-15

Friday, April 11th, 2014

How DPMI impacted my life in 60 seconds!

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It’s been 10 years since DPMI was first launched. Numerous DPMI alums have implemented tools and strategies inspired by their training to provide creative solutions on a global and local level. In the coming months we will be highlighting this shared journey through a series of DPMI video, photo and blog submissions from our alumni incredible community.

Kathryn (Kat) Harrison, MBA, MPA ’14 used the skills she learned in DPMI while completing Frontier Market Scouts in Guatemala with Lumeter Networks.  This organization provides affordable meters and other components to deliver pre-paid power to off-grid communities in emerging markets. Click here to check out Kat’s DPMI video submission.

“My academic focus has been on learning the most effective methods, necessary tools and best practices for connecting micro-, small and medium sized business owners to larger markets, cost-saving marketing resources, helpful training and seed capital. I enthusiastically plan to return to Central and South America to help many talented and hardworking indigenous communities improve their financial stability through small business development,” says Kat.

Stay tuned for more DPMI stories on the horizon:

Tyler Steer, MPA ’11, has used the skills he learned in DPMI to create a new project at Peacock Acres, in which Monterey County youth are given academic support to succeed in school.  Aaron Leonard, MPA ’07 has used the capacity building skills that he learned in DPMI in his work with PACT in Myanmar. Amitay Flores, IPS ’14, has used the skills she learned to develop a social enterprise project to combat human health issues, which advanced her team to the Finals of Regional Hult Prize Competition

Join the story thread:

If you have participated in DPMI and it has or will impact your life or career, please email professional.dev@miis.edu to be featured in our video collage, or film yourself and submit the video to the email address. We would love to hear from you!

Learn more about the DPMI 10-year anniversary project: http://sites.miis.edu/dpmi10years/

Friday, April 11th, 2014

TODAY: Amnesty International Executive Director to Speak at MIIS – 6:00pm

Tonight at 6:00pm Steve Hawkins, the Executive Director of Amnesty International, will speak to MIIS students. Don’t MIIS this amazing event! Reception to fallow in the McCone Atrium

“Bringing Human Rights Home”

Before joining Amnesty International USA as its Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins was the Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer of the NAACP. He is a nationally renowned attorney and grassroots advocacy leader at the forefront of social justice issues, including death penalty abolition, criminal justice reform and defending civil liberties. As an attorney, he brought litigation that led to the release of three teenagers wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death row in Tennessee. He was also a law professor in South Africa during apartheid, teaching black lawyers who faced discriminatory treatment in the courts. Steven obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and New York University.

 

 

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