Global Connections Conference: Traversing Culture and Disciplines

An introduction to the world of social entrepreneurship and international institutions. Sponsored by McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Weissman Center for Leadership, Career Development Center and the International Relations Department.

Schedule

Oct 27: NGO's and Social Entrepreneurship
4:10 Welcome and Refreshments
4:25 Opening Address by President Lynn Pasquerella
4:30 Amrita Saigal, Founder of Saathi
5:00 Julie Perlis, Boston Hub Director of Vera Solutions
5:30 Ryan Kania and Shahana Farishta, CEO and Exec. Director of Advocates for World Health

Oct 28: International Institutions
4:10 Welcome and Refreshments
4:25 Welcome Speech by Professor Jeremy King
4:30 Dr. Kannan Rajarathinam, Head of Office United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
5:10 Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director of international Coalition of Sites of Conscience
5:50 Dr. Vivek Bhandari, Vice Chancellor of Auro University

The Speakers

Amrita Saigal, Founder of Saathi
Amrita Saigal is Co-Founder of Saathi, a social enterprise focused on manufacturing ecofriendly and biodegradable sanitary pads for girls throughout india. Amrita also works at Google overseeing the manufacturing operations of Google Glass. Amrita graduated with an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School 

Julia Perlis, Boston Hub Director of Vera Solutions
Julia is the Boston Hub Director of Vera Solutions, a social enterprise using cloud and mobile technology to improve data systems for social impact organizations worldwide. Since 2010, Vera Solutions has worked with more than 150 organizations in more than 40 countries. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in Economics and Psychology. 

Ryan Kania, CEO of Advocates of World Health
Ryan leads the team coordinating partnerships with international relief agencies and setting the strategies for future growth. He was the Fall 2010 Outstanding graduate of the University of South Florida. He has been featured by Cnn News, Fox News, BusinessInsider.com, and Entreprenuer.com. 

Dr. Kannan Rajarathinam, Head of Office, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Dr. Kannan is currently the head of Office of UN Assistance Mission for Iraq's Basra Office.  He has been with the UN since 1993 and served in several capacities, performing mediation and regulation functions. He has an LLM in international Law from the University of Georgia and a PhD in International Relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director of International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Elizabeth guides the strategic growth and direction of a thriving coalition of 200 museums, historic sites, and memory initiatives in 55 countries. Through seven regional and issue-based networks  the Coalition supports Sites of Conscience across the globe in developing innovative pubic engagement and human rights programs.

Dr. Vivek Bhandari, Vice Chancellor of Auro University
Dr. Bhandari has just been appointed the Vice Chancellor of one of India's newest educational experiments. Auro University, from 2006-2011, he was the Director and Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Rural Management Annand.  Before IRMA, he was faculty at the School for Social Science at Hampshire College for just under a decade. Among Other Positions, he has also served as Senior Visiting Professor, Institute of Health Managment Research Jaipur, where he founded IHMR's School of Rural Management.