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Washington Semester Program| International Environment and Development Sample Speakers

Students enjoy meeting and playing with children living in an SOS Village site in Ghana.

Sample International Environment and Development Speakers in Washington, D.C.

D.C. City Council Speakers - Youth assistant coordinator for Mayor Fenty, Ward 1 Councilman Graham’s chief of staff, and Ward 1 community leader.

Ambassador Marc Grossman, speaking on new US foreign policy directions

John Heffernan, Executive Director of the Committee on Conscience, speaking on genocides, conflicts, prevention and the role of the Holocaust Museum.

Erika Ecstudt, Holocaust Survivor, speaking about her story and experiences

DC Central Kitchen Manager, Michael Curtin and an alum, discussing the potential for using job training to address the needs of homeless persons and ex-offenders.

World Bank Speakers including: Angelica Silvero, Communications Director, Michelle Denevers, Senior Manager Environment Department, staff from the Agriculture department, and a variety of guest speakers at a conference on Youth Leadership.

Adotei Akwei, CARE, speaking on development efforts and the impact of climate change upon development programming by CARE.

Tim Newman, International Labor Rights Forum, speaking on labor rights, product sourcing and corporate social responsibility.

State Department specialists on Africa and Ecuador: Dan Whitman, Foreign Services Officer, African Division, Lou Mazel of the Office of Regional Security Affairs, speaking on African issues, Jim Dickmeyer, Western Hemisphere expert, and Les Johnston, Ecuador Director.

Millennium Challenge Corporation, Ariel BenYishay, Associate Director of Economic Analysis and Evaluation in the Department of Policy & International Relations

Greenpeace DC Headquarters, Phil Kline and Beth Fitzgerald Oceans Campaigners speaking on their fish campaign and save the whales efforts.

Guided tour and talk of the Sans Ocean Hall Exhibit with Elizabeth Ban, Education Coordinator, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Smithsonian National Zoo, Mike Henley discussion of coral reef preservation efforts, and guided tour of the invertebrate exhibit

Chad Bissonnette, Founder of Roots of Development, a water advocacy program in Haiti

Daniel Hayden, RARE Conservation Global Programs Coordinator – discussing RARE’s approach to community environmental conservation.

John Sauer, Communication Director of Water Advocates – discussing global water, sanitation and hygiene issues

Matt Lewis, Senior Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund – specializing in African species

Elizabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Senior Programme Officer of the UN Environment Program and Bill Mansfield, retired Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UNEP

USAID specialists, Hannah Fairbank, biodiversity specialist and Adam Reinhart, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade speaking on Haiti.

FINCA, micro-finance organization, three specialists presenting the organization’s work and discussing the role(s) of micro-finance.

SOS Villages International, Heather Paul ,US Director

World Resources Institute – Randall Snodgrass, Director, US Government Cooperation. Tour of their gold standard LEED certified green building, as designated by the Green Building Council.

Quote from student

"The International Environment and Development Program offers a great mix of in-class dialogue and real world experience that contributes to a semester of incredible learning and personal growth."
Alana Sampson, Santa Clara University