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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. (more…)

Zambo Scholarship Available to MBA Degree Candidates

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. 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

Accepting Leadership Applications NOW – Team El Salvador Leadership

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: by Friday, April 18th. Visit us at:

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
• Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
• Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project
• Have experience with fundraising
• Develop and deliver compelling presentations to MIIS faculty, prospective team members, etc.
Executive management and staff

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 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:

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.



Attend a Lecture on Sustainable Development and the Private Sector


Niger delta

This week’s Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium Speaker is Jeri Jensen, of Business Driven Development LLC.  Jeri will give expert insight about the field of sustainable development, impact investing, and the intersection of economic policy and development.  Anyone interested in corporate social responsibility, or the challenges in engaging the private sector in international development, will greatly appreciate this lecture. This session will also include Dennis Flemming of Chevron via webinar recording. Dennis will explain his role in the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, a partnership that fosters Sustainable Livelihoods in the Niger Delta Region.

Event Details:

Who: Jeri Jensen

Lecture topic and key considerations:

Economic Diplomacy in a New Sustainable Development Paradigm

When: April 14, 6-9pm

Where: McGowan Building, Room 102 at 411 Pierce Street 

Key Questions and Considerations:

  • How are the roles of government and the private sector shifting on economic development and what does that mean for economic statecraft (and the future of business/government relations)?
  • Can sustainability influence the power agenda?
  • Can economic power influence the sustainability agenda?
  • Can moral suasion be a powerful force in a competitive world?

Speaker Profile:

Jeri is a thought-leader and practitioner on innovative business models that directly engage the core business of companies in economic development and business-led development strategies for donors. She has led programs in both the public and private sector to increase business participation in U.S. development initiatives and now works to provide companies and donors opportunities to leverage their investments to increase living standards in developing countries. She is a senior associate for the U.S. Leadership in Development Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Her experience includes Vice President at the Initiative for Global Development, a network of CEOs and senior executives interested in sustainable investment in Africa, and Managing Director for Private Sector Initiatives at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a major U.S. donor to developing countries. She has also worked as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South East Asia and for Labor Affairs at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. As Executive Director for Trade Policy and Promotion at the Department of Commerce, she managed coordination of trade promotion efforts across U.S. trade, finance and investment agencies. She also managed trade and economic strategy for Latin America at the National Security Council, and was a Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Business Driven Development LLC, a strategic advisory firm which Jeri leads, increases social investment in emerging markets. The firm works to harness the core businesses of international investors to raise living standards in the communities where they operate. We also enable donors to leverage their participation in economic development with the private sector and enhance the developmental impact of company investments.


Dennis Flemming

Dennis Flemming began serving as Project Director of the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative in 2009 and has been based in the Nigerian capital of Abuja ever since. Most of his professional years were spent in Papua New Guinea, initially when he was assigned by the Peace Corps to serve as Business Development Officer in the South Pacific Island nation in 1986. Three years later, Flemming helped create Income Marketing Ltd, an organization established to provide small business development services and advice.

Flemming joined Chevron as Local Business Development Supervisor in 1992; and later on became Community Affairs Manager. He spent a year as Staff Planning Analyst in the company’s headquarters in San Ramon and came back to Papua New Guinea in 2000 as Sustainable Development Manager. In this capacity, he established and managed the CDI Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to socio-economic development of rural communities near the company’s field operations. In 2004, Flemming managed the Angola Partnership Initiative and other corporate responsibility and socio-economic development programs for Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, Chevron’s Angolan subsidiary. When he joined Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Flemming spearheaded community engagement strategies including renegotiation of agreements with regional development councils. Dennis Flemming holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development specializing in Development Management from the University of London.

To read more about the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, click here:

This event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP to attend this speaker, please email Erina McWilliam-Lopez at

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

Get live updates from our twitter feed @MIIS_GSIPM #diplomacy


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

Dean's Seminar Itamara Lochard

How does a digitized 21st century and the word “Cyber” impact your field of studies?

Please join Dr. Itamara V. 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! 



Lauryn Agnew: Net Impact & GSIPM Dean’s Seminar 4/15/14

Lauryn Agnew, the founder of Bay Area Impact Investing and President of Seal Cove Financial, is set to speak at MIIS on Tuesday, April 15 at 12:30 pm in McGowan 100.

Lauryn has nearly three decades of experience in developing and implementing strategies in the institutional investment industry. She also serves as trustee on the Board of the San Mateo County Employees Retirement Association, chair of the investment committees of the United Way of the Bay Area and the Girl Scouts of Northern California and member of the finance committee of the Immaculate Conception Academy of San Francisco.

Please join Lauryn as part of the GSIPM Dean’s Seminar Series and Net Impact MIIS here on campus next week!

Dean's Seminar Lauryn Agnew

The Monterey County Weekly covers Steve Pifer’s visit to MIIS


Steve Pifer, Colloquium speaker and former US ambassador to Ukraine, was featured in an article of the Monterey County Weekly.  The article highlighted his pivotal and unplanned timing in Monterey: “His lecture was set up far ahead of the bloody, drawn-out protests in Kiev, the surprise invasion by Russian forces into Crimea and the annexation of the only region in Ukraine with an ethnic-Russian majority.” The article also quotes Pifer when he describes the Russian annexation of Ukraine as “probably the most blatant land grab since the end of the Second World War.” Pifer explained that Russia’s actions were also “a spent bargaining chip for Russia to stabilize a neighbor long hindered by corruption and poor leadership.” Pifer expressed his reluctance in thinking that the US would go to war for Ukraine.  The former US-ambassador also remarked that the challenge in Ukraine’s future will be in assuring its leaders ability to take the necessary and difficult economic measures, such as ending subsidies for citizens’ natural gas.

Read the full article here:

Click here to see a clip of the Q & A session of the speech.  For questions on future colloquium events, or to receive a full copy of taped event, email

Summer International Business Plan program – INFO SESSION 4/10 MG102

We will hold an information session for students interested in participating in the Summer International Business Plan program, on Thursday April 10th. The meeting will cover requirements, timing, billing, team dynamics, and other information pertinent to the process of signing up for summer IBP. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

What: Summer IBP Info session

When:Thursday April 10th, 12:15pm-1:30pm

Where:  MG102



Ms. Toni M. Thomas

Assistant Dean

Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Monterey Institute of International Studies