111 results for group: 2019-annual-conference-speakers


Jane Cahaly

Jane Cahaly - SCI State Representative for South Carolina Dr. Jane Cahaly has served at the SCI State Representative for South Carolina since 2008 and currently serves as the SCI State Representative Liaison. She is a life-long educator having taught in K-12 public education and at Anderson University  where she was a professor in the College of Education and Director of International Programs.  She also served as the first Executive Director of the World Class Partnership, a program of the South Carolina State Department of Education where she developed, implemented, and managed a state-wide network of international partnerships for 40 South ...

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Merrill Eisenhower Atwater

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater - CEO People-to-People International Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, the great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, took over as Chief Executive Officer of People to People International in early 2018. Since then, he has conducted a campaign of global partnership and understanding. The growing positive relationships between cultures and nations around the world are in no small part due to his aggressive global peace and cultural understanding initiatives. As both a globally and locally recognized influential leader, Merrill has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. He was recently chosen as the Honorary ...

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Jeffrey Blair

Jeffrey Blair - Director Europe, Middle East, Africa for Greater Houston Partnership Jeffrey Blair started with the Partnership in July 2013 having moved from The Hague in The Netherlands. He is responsible for attraction of new businesses, as well as facilitating trade contacts from the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and maintaining relationships with key government officials and business associations in the EMEA region. Before joining the Partnership he advised local, regional, and national economic development agencies on how to attract more international companies thru his economic development consultancy based in The Hague. In ...

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Chris Olson

Chris Olson - Director of Trade and International Affairs City of Houston As Director of Trade and International Affairs, Christopher is Houston’s chief diplomat and head of international business development. Christopher has a broad background as a military officer, business consultant, and diplomat. With the U.S. Department of State, Christopher held several international diplomatic postings and served as a senior manager in Washington, D.C, where he supervised programs in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Prior to the State Department, Christopher was a business consultant advising on strategy and organizational management. As an ...

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Sarah Craven

Sarah Craven - Director of UNFPA Washington A policy advocate and attorney with experience in global health and human rights, Sarah Craven currently serves as the Director of the Washington Office of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. In this role, Sarah leads UNFPA's strategic engagement with policy makers and civil society to advance programs and policies that empower women and girls globally.  Prior to her work at UNFPA, she held positions at the National Women's Law Center, the U.S. Department of State and on the legislative staff to U.S. Senators Tim Wirth (Colorado) and Spark Matsunaga (Hawaii).  She holds a B.A. from Macalester ...

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Kelley Eubanks

Kelley Eubanks - KEE Concrete & Construction, Inc. Problem Solver, Connector, Global Innovative Thinker ---Kelley is an entrepreneur, engineer and 6σ Black Belt that has developed products and markets within the chemical, building products, transportation and supply chain industries globally.  She has delivered millions of dollars in process improvements and cost avoidance savings.  Kelley is passionate about infrastructure and economic development.  The U.S. Dept. of Commerce nominated Kelley to serve as an U.S. delegate to India on infrastructure and energy for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. She is the Managing Partner of KEE ...

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Ksenia Mokrushina

Ksenia Mokrushina - Founder of CityCompass Ksenia is an urban researcher and planner, Fulbright Fellow, and MIT graduate, whose professional experience includes more than 10 years of work in the capitals and hinterland of Russia, the USA, Germany and India with leading international organizations and NGOs, educational and research institutes, and municipalities. In 2007-2010 Ksenia worked at the World Bank and co-authored a major study on the energy efficiency potential in Russia, which marked the beginning of fundamental federal policy shifts in Russia. As part of a joint UN-Habitat and ICLEI project “Urban Low Emissions Development ...

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Jennifer Priest

Jennifer Priest - Executive Director Norfolk Sister City Association Jennifer Priest is the Executive Director of Norfolk Sister City Association. A past Board member, Jennifer was asked to assume this staff post with NSCA in 2015.  A development professional with twenty years of experience, Jennifer has worked in higher education in Virginia and North Carolina, in the arts and in health & human services organizations. Prior to that she spent ten years in the group life & health insurance industry. A resident of Norfolk, Virginia, Jennifer is a member and past President of Norfolk Sunrise Rotary, Board member of Friends of Old Dominion ...

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Jonathan Oudthone

Jonathan Oudthone - Design and Development for E-Sports Stadium Arlington Jonathon Oudthone has over 10 years of experience working in E-Sports--with experience in event and broadcast production. From grass roots to the big stage, Jonathon has seen and developed all aspects of the industry and is most recently known for leading the design and development of North America's largest dedicated E-Sports facility, E-sports Stadium Arlington - a $10 million project which was built in partnership with the City of Arlington, Texas. After working with brands such as the Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming to build out their live events verticals, Jonathon now ...

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Mike Hunter

Mike Hunter - Director of E-sports Stadium Arlington + Expo Center Mike Hunter has more than 20 years of experience in the convention and hospitality industry. He has successfully worked with two cities to leverage relationships and partnerships to bring event opportunities with significant economic impact. Mike is Director of Convention & Event Services for the City of Arlington, Texas. In this role he also serves as the Director of E-sports Stadium Arlington + Expo Center. Mike was instrumental in developing the business and financial processes necessary to re-purpose the Arlington Convention Center into a premiere E-sports destination. ...

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