Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 25 MINN welcomes USAID's Eric Postel

A Conversation with USAID's Eric Postel
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM - Minneapolis, MN

MINN is excited to welcome USAID's Eric Postel, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment. Mr. Postel will provide an overview of USAID's current priorities abroad, followed by a conversation with questions from the audience.

Eric G. Postel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2011 as Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment. Since May 2015, he has also served concurrently as Associate Administrator. Mr. Postel brings to the position more than 25 years of private sector experience working in emerging markets.

Mr. Postel also serves as the Agency’s coordinator for the government-wide Partnership for Growth program and the "Plus 1" (alternate director) to the Millennium Challenge Corporation. From October 2014 to December 2015, he also served as the Assistant to the Administrator to Africa.

Mr. Postel is the founder of Pangaea Partners, an investment banking and consulting firm focused on emerging markets. Its accomplishments include helping six African countries create or improve their stock markets, providing credit and treasury courses to more than 30,000 bankers in developing countries, modernizing more than 20 former Soviet banks, and advising on the creation of the Slovak Export-Import Bank.

Throughout 2006-7, Mr. Postel served as a Senate-appointed commissioner of the U.S. Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People around the Globe (HELP) Commission. His bipartisan work contributed to the development of a wide-ranging set of recommendations to Congress and the president for the reform of U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Previously, Mr. Postel worked as a vice president at Citibank Tokyo, where he arranged financing for borrowers on four continents. This work included arranging the first ever financing for new Boeing aircraft in Zimbabwe, serving as Bangladesh’s first-ever financial advisor and arranging India’s first-ever Japanese tax-lease financing. In 1988, Mr. Postel devised a $30 million financing for Jamaica International Telecommunications Limited (JAMINTEL) from Japanese investors which was the first international securitization of future receivables without a corporate guaranty – this structure has subsequently served as the basis of more than $80 billion worth of financings.

Mr. Postel has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Stanford University. Between Wesleyan and Stanford, he served as a United States Naval Officer.

Note: Parking is open in front and back of building—everywhere except those spot marked RESERVED When Monday, July 25, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT)

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Aug. 18 - Peace Building Approaches to Countering Extremism

As societies around the world face the growing challenge of extremism, Minnesota has found itself at the center of this critical issue. What lessons can be drawn from our community's struggles to preserve both public safety and civil rights, address root causes of extremism without stigmatizing entire communities, and propose positive, community-based alternatives to the extremist message? This event will examine the roles education, communication, and action play in battling extremism.

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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El-Hibri Foundation awards, apps due July 31

We are accepting online nominations for the 2016 Peace Awards Program until July 31, 2016. Previous nominees may re-apply for consideration in 2016. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The El-Hibri Foundation offers three annual awards. Click the links below to learn more:
El-Hibri Peace Education Prize ($30,000)
Young Leader Award ($5,000)
Fearless Ally Award ($5,000)

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August 1 deadline for 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition

The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition is Monday, August 1, 2016. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 500 awards! We hope these tips and resources will help you submit a competitive application. The following points should be made evident in your application:
• Professional qualifications and requisite experience
• The urgency, quality and feasibility of the proposal
• Personal characteristics of collegiality, cultural adaptability and sensitivity
• Outcomes, potential impact and benefits

Keep the full Review Criteria in mind when finalizing your application. Have you presented your project so experts and non-experts understand the need for it, and how it will be completed? Fulbright alumni consistently tell us that having colleagues review their project statement for constructive feedback helped strengthen their application. Who will you ask?

Find out how to submit a competitive application by consulting the Application Guidelines and Project Statement Samples. If you have additional questions about the application process, sign up for a virtual advising session on July 20. You can also register to review your Fulbright application package with program staff on July 27 and July 29.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit

RFP: Host Enhancement Workshops for IIE Humphrey Fellows

Deadline August 15, 2016

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange activity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the U.S. for an academic year of non-degree study and practical experience. Fellows are placed according to their professional field in groups of eight to fifteen at universities around the country. IIE is inviting proposals from qualified organizations to host Enhancement Workshops for the 2016-17 class of Humphrey Fellows. Enhancement Workshops can be held in-person or online and offer Humphrey Fellows opportunities to learn about global issues, build professional skills, expand their professional networking with American peers and policy-makers, and interact with Fellows from other campuses.

Sept. 9-11 Intern'l Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Course

Space available:

Enroll in a three-day Humanitarian Simulation Course and be immersed in an enriching experience. The course is offered to professionals of all backgrounds who are interested in learning more about humanitarian aid. It is led by faculty in the Medical School, School of Public Health, and Humphrey School.

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RFP research on forced migration & humanitarian assistance

Call for Proposals, Grants for research on Forced Migration and Humanitarian Assistance: Critical Implications and Integral Solutions

This is a Call for Proposals for research on Forced Migration and Humanitarian Assistance: Critical Implications and Integral Solutions under the Research for Resilience and Preparedness Grants Program, administered by Response 2 Resilience(R2R,, a non-profit organization dedicated to the systematic strengthening of leadership within the disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance community through research, training and advocacy. The grants program is funded by the Global Disaster Preparedness Center(GDPC,

The grants program will support researchers to examine the causes and effects of forced migration in order to improve response to humanitarian crises and protracted refugee situations in the most vulnerable communities. The subject matter is complex and crosses many borders and requires researchers to address both the drivers of forced migration as well as the experiences of affected people themselves. Therefore, R2R in partnership with the GDPC seeks proposals to assess and identify the risk factors and opportunities that are inherent to population displacement to better inform and strengthen humanitarian work.

One grant of $50,000 and two grants of $25,000 are available.

The proposal submissions will take place in two phases:

Submission of concept notes: deadline August 5, 2016
Submission of selected, full proposals: deadline September 23 2016

Please download the Program Guidelines for additional information on the program and the submission guidelines at:

For questions, please contact Dr. Eric Corzine, ecorzine(at)

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
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