Owen Kirby

June 16, 2021
Owen Kirby has recently served as the Director of USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) where he oversaw U.S. assistance programs to nations struggling to build democracy and peace. He is one of the foremost international political consultants with more than 25 years of foreign policy experience working with a range of partners in the […]

Seema Shekhawat

March 9, 2021
Dr. Seema Shekhawat is a social scientist with a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her doctoral work focused on the intersection of gender, conflict and displacement in Kashmir. Her research and teaching interests include conflict, peace and gender, and her regional focus lies in India and South Asia. Dr. Shekhawat has presented papers and delivered public […]

Charlotte Trattner

February 10, 2021
Charlotte Trattner is currently the Executive Producer behind the Office of Global Perspectives and International Initiatives’ podcasts, “Lo Dijeron” and “Conversations with Ambassador Harriet.” Charlotte has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Central Florida, where she minored in History. During college, Charlotte interned at Orlando-based news stations – WKMG as a web intern […]

Shilpa Finnerty

February 10, 2021
Shilpa Deshpande Finnerty, Esq., is currently Project Manager for the World Affairs Council of Central Florida. Shilpa has a BA in International Affairs from Emory University and received a JD from the George Washington University Law School. Following law school, as a Human Rights Research Fellow at Vital Voices Global Partnership, Shilpa worked with the […]

Thomas Crisman

January 6, 2021
Dr. Thomas L. Crisman is a Jefferson Science Fellow, AAAS Fellow and Professor in the School of Geosciences, University of South Florida-Tampa. Dr. Crisman has investigated the ecology, management, restoration and conservation of freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers in the subtropics and tropics for more than 44 years.  He has conducted  long term research programs […]

Mirvate El Jerdi

January 6, 2021
Mirvate El Jerdi has over a decade of diverse work experience in higher education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in the Higher Education Leadership program at the University of Central Florida.  She has obtained her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma and proceeded to work in higher […]

Roberto Hugh Potter

January 6, 2021
Roberto Hugh Potter is a professor and Sociologist at the University of Central Florida, where he has been teaching since 2008. His work is oriented towards assisting government and community-based organizations in solving social problems. Potter’s specialties include evaluation of justice, family welfare, and evaluation methods for management development in the criminal justice system, with […]

Fernando Rivera

January 6, 2021
Dr. Fernando I. Rivera is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Puerto Rico Research Hub at the University of Central Florida. He has previously served as Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, UCF Global Faculty Fellow and Provost Faculty Fellow. He has also served in different taskforces related to Accelerating Latino Student […]

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