Sunday, July 24, 2016

HHH Prof. Ramaswami & Ph.D. cand. Sharma on urban smart technologies

Humphrey School’s Smart Cities Research Gets Attention in India:

A commentary by professor Anu Ramaswami and PhD candidate Rahul Sharma, on how smart technologies can improve the lives of urban residents, was featured in this article on Mint, one of India's premium business news publications. 

HHH alum Rau sworn in new FSO

Humphrey Alumnus Sworn in to Foreign Service

Ben Rau, MPP ‘06, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer last week. Rau works for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Rau and nine other employees of the FAS will begin their Foreign Service careers working as agricultural attachés at U.S. embassies in nine countries. Rau has been assigned to Bogota, Colombia.

crossposted from Humphrey Herald

Volunteer for the Crisis Simulation--Role players needed!

Gearing up for the UofM 2016 International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation!

This summer we in various departments are deep into prep work for the 2016 University of Minnesota International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation.  We can use volunteers at all levels, including organizers, role players, and support staff--do sign up here so we can start contacting you this summer about joining our wonderful, energetic and committed team

Want to participate as a student?  Medical professionals get information here

Drum Class & Senegalese Soirée with Ghana M'Baye

Friday, July 22 from 6:30-9 pm
From the streets of Dakar, Senegal comes Ghana M'baye. Ghana will perform in la Grande Salle and lead a Djembé class afterward. Authentic Senegalese refreshments will be served. Read more

Yahoo Global Public Policy Fellowship in Business & Human Rights

Yahoo seeking graduate students for its Global Public Policy Fellowship in Business & Human Rights
Yahoo's Global Public Policy Fellowship in Business & Human Rights is entering its second year, and it is looking for dedicated, creative graduate students to apply for the summer of 2017.

The Business and Human Rights Program (BHRP) launched at Yahoo in 2008 to help integrate human rights decision-making into business operations and to further support individuals' right to privacy and free expression. The Fellowship contributes to this Program by working to develop and drive its internal and external strategies by taking into consideration the human rights impact of policies and laws. The Fellow will work directly with the head of the Program and with the Legal Counsel, Business and Human Rights under a mentorship; it will also work with a cross-functional team of senior employees to build and support various components of the Program. Further responsibilities include, inter alia, engagement and support with external stakeholders, assist with responses to external assessments regarding human rights practices, conducting research/writing on human rights and technology, assist in the preparation and delivery of human rights trainings to Yahoo employees, and perform administrative tasks.

Fellows will work in-house: New York City; Washington, D.C., or Sunnyvale, CA for up to 40 hours/week. Alongside a passion for promoting human rights, interested applicants must have their graduate degree in progress; demonstrate commitment or experienced in a relevant field (i.e., law, policy, human rights) preferably in the technology sector; hold superior organizational, research, and communication skills, and have a strong experience working in cross-functional, multi-national settings. A GPA of 3.5 is required, and international work or study experience and fluency in a foreign language are preferred.

For more information on the position and to apply, click here.

Crossposted from Human Rights Program - University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota, 214 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

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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