Miklós GÓR-NAGY – Hungarian Trade Attaché to speak at the Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meeting Feb. 17, 2021

As Chair of the Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meeting it is my pleasure to announce our next guest speaker: Miklós GÓR-NAGY, Hungarian Trade Attaché

In addition to his career as a professional athlete, he graduated from International Business School with a degree in economics and marketing, and earned a law degree from the Károli Gáspár Reformed University. He also has an international water polo referee and coach degree. He has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 2019. In 2020, he began his service at the Consulate General in New York as a trade attaché. He is married and has two young children, Gordon and Abigel.

From 1992 to 2019 he was a professional water polo player. He has played for BVSC, Eger, Honvéd, Budvanska Rivijera Budva, OSC, and Ferencváros. He played his first national team match in 2005, under the captaincy of Dénes Kemény. He has participated in five world championships, three European championships, played 435 first division water polo matches in the Hungarian championship, and 200 he has times caps in the Hungarian national team.

Results Selected: FINA World Champion – Barcelona (2013), FINA World Championship silver – Budapest (2017), European Championship silver – Belgrade 2006, Budapest (2014), European Championship bronze – Belgrade (2016), World League silver – 4x , World Cup silver – Almaty (2014), European Youth Champion (2001), Juniur World Championship and European Championship silver medals.

Results in club teams: 3x Hungarian champion, 3x Hungarian Cup winner, 3x Hungarian Super Cup winner, LEN Champions League winner (FTC – 2019), LEN Super Cup winner (FTC – 2019), Montenegrian Cup winner (Budva – 2008)

Wed, February 17, 2021 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

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Thomas Missong, President of the European Association of Credit Rating Agencies (EACRA) speaks at the United Nations Rotary Club of New York International Breakfast Meeting on January 20th, 2021

Thomas MissongPresident of the European Association of Credit Rating Agencies (EACRA)

TOPIC: “Credit Rating Agencies: stocktaking in times of crisis, Competition and international Framework“.

Date And Time
Wed, January 20, 2021 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

Since 2010, Thomas Missong is the President of the European Association of Credit Rating Agencies (EACRA), registered in Paris, France, currently representing 9 credit rating agencies registered in the Euroepan Union and 3 in Switzerland, Turkey and Russia. Additionally, Thomas is a Managing Director at RATINGPLATFORM, a specialized website on ratings on a global level. He acted as independent Board Member of Russia’s leading agency Analytical Credit Rating Agency from its establishment in November 2015 to July 2020.

Prior to that Thomas was Executive Director of Triple A Corporate and Rating Advisory, a 100% subsidiary of UniCredit Bank Austria in Vienna, acting as communication channel between the bank, the bank clients and the international rating agencies.

In the past he worked as a project manager in Bank Austria Creditanstalt in the Energy and Utilities team in Vienna and as project Manager for Lyonnaise des Eaux, the leading global water utility, in Paris.

Thomas Missong has a Master’s degree in European Political Affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges and holds a Magister in Business Administration from Wirtschaftsuniversitat in Vienna (with focus on Capital Markets).

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Rotary Club Of New York International UN event: Wolfram von Heynitz – Deputy Consul General of Germany in New York on December 16th, 2020 will speak on “The Future of Transatlantic Cooperation”

As Chair of the RCNY UN International meetings I am pleased to announce Wolfram von Heynitz – Deputy Consul General of Germany in New York will speak on “The Future of Transatlantic Cooperation” on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wolfram-von-heynitz-deputy-consul-general-of-germany-in-new-york-tickets-131642370875

About Wolfram von Heynitz
Wolfram von Heynitz is currently the Deputy Consul General of Germany in New York.

Prior to this he was Head of the Cyber Policy Coordination Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office, a member of the Group of Governmental Experts on Advancing responsible State behavior in cyberspace convened in 2019 by UN Secretary-General Guterres and a member of the Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence of the Council of Europe. In this position, he was also responsible for the recently published “Recommendations for the Future of Digital cooperation” which Germany and the UAE undertook at the request of the UN.

Previous positions include a term as Research Commissioner of the German Federal Foreign Office and a member of its Policy Planning staff, specializing in Cyberpolicy, Cybersecurity, and, in the face of emerging challenges, the development of future directions and strategies for the Foreign Office. He has also served as Head of the Division for Foresight, in the Ministry’s EU Enlargement Division, as the Political Counsellor in the German Embassy in Tel Aviv dealing with the Middle East Peace Process and Israeli interior politics, in the private office of the Minister for European Affairs and in the Office of the Federal President of Germany. He was also posted as Deputy Head of Mission to Ireland and Azerbaijan.

RCNY Virtual International Breakfast Meeting at the UN on November 18th, 2020 featuring Consul General of Italy Francesco Genuardi

As Chair of the RCNY Virtual International Breakfast meetings at the UN it is my pleasure to announce our guest speaker the Consul General of Italy Francesco Genuardi.

As Chair of the RCNY Virtual International Breakfast meetings at the UN it is my pleasure to announce our guest speaker the Consul General of Italy Francesco Genuardi.

Francesco Genuardi is an Italian diplomat with 23 years of experience in the field of International Relations. In March 2016 he has been appointed Consul General of Italy in New York, the most prominent consular position in the Italian diplomatic service, covering the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Bermuda with a resident Italian Population of about 90,000 and more than 3 million Italian-Americans.

From November 2014 and prior to his appointment to New York, he was at the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Gentiloni, dealing with parliamentary relations. Between 2005 and 2014 he served at the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister, working with the succeeding Ministers in office. From 2002 to 2005 he was appointed Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to NATO, where he was responsible, among other issues, for the relationship with the Press in Brussels and with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

From 1998 to 2002 he served as Deputy Consul at the Consulate General in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the diplomatic service in 1993, and between 1993 and 1998 he was at the General Directorate for Economic Affairs – where he dealt with international issues associated with environmental protection and safety – and at the Press and Media Office.

Born in Brussels on July 7, 1967, he graduated in Law at the University of Milan in 1991. He is married and has two daughters.

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The Honorable Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of Poland in New York City and Rotary Club of New York International Breakfast at the UN – Virtual

The Honorable Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of Poland in New York City and Rotary Club of New York International Breakfast at the UN – Virtual

As Chair of the Rotary Club of New York’s International Breakfast at the United Nations it is my pleasure to announce our next guest speaker: Adrian Kubicki Consul General of Poland in New York City. Join us virtually by registration https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rotary-club-of-new-york-international-breakfast-at-the-un-virtual-tickets-123754317495

DATE
Wed, Oct 21, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Born in 1987 in Poland, Adrian Kubicki is a Diplomat, sociologist, expert in public relations and communication, former journalist and spokesperson of LOT Polish Airlines.

He graduated social sciences at University of Warsaw. For 7 years he worked as a journalist for one of the largest radio stations in Poland, reporting major news stories from Poland and many other countries across the globe. He contributed to major daily newspapers in Poland as well as the website dedicated to nongovernment organizations with a particular focus on humanitarian and development aid.

In 2014 he joined communications team at LOT Polish Airlines as international PR manager, building relations with media on airline’s key markets, including the U.S. In 2016 he became spokesperson and executive director responsible for building communication strategy for the ambitious plan of LOT’s global expansion. During that time he and his team organized more than 100 events and press conferences, launching new services to Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Newark, Los Angeles, Miami and many others, as well as introducing new Boeing aircraft to the service – 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX. He represented LOT on many of these events, as well as at major international conferences and gatherings around the World.

In 2017, together with LOT’s CEO Rafał Milczarski, he initiated and run a successful public campaign educating Polish passport holders about U.S. visa application process, with an aim to reduce the refusal rate below 3%. Campaign guided Poland to being included into the Visa Waiver Program in 2019.

In August 2019 he joined Polish foreign service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he received a consular title and was appointed for four years term as a director of Polish Cultural Institute in New York – part of Polish diplomatic mission to the U.S. working in the field of public diplomacy.

In January 2020 he has received an official nomination to become a new Consul General of Poland in New York. In February 2020 he passed the hearing before the parliament commission, receiving green light to take over the post later this year.

Privately he is married to Anna and is a father of two years old daughter Laura. In his spare time he enjoys playing piano and organs.

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Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York, Mr. Almat Aidarbekov joins the Rotary Club of New York International Breakfast Meeting at the UN – Virtual

About this Event

Mr. Almat Aidarbekov started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1998 as a desk officer at the Asia, Middle East and Africa Division of the Fourth Department.

In 1999-2000, he held position of Attaché at the Department for Bilateral Cooperation. In 2000, he was posted as Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Turkey.

In March, 2003 he returned to the Foreign Ministry and held consecutive positions of Second and First Secretary at the Department of Europe and the Americas.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Aidarbekov was posted as Head of Consular Section at the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In 2007-2014, he served as Second, Third Secretary and later as Counselor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United States.

In 2014-2019, he held several high ranking positions at the Foreign Policy Division of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Aidarbekov has served as Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York since November 1, 2019.

He has a Master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University and undergraduate degree in International Relations from Ankara University.

He speaks English, Russian and Turkish, and holds the diplomatic rank of Counselor of First Class.

Almat Aidarbekov is married with three children.

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Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice Publication: Access and Equity: Computers for Schools Burundi by Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

Keywords: Higher Education, Practice, education, information and communication technology (ICT), access, equity, computers for schools Burundi, African

It is my pleasure to announce the publication of my article in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice:
Cowin, J. B. (2020). Access and Equity: Computers for Schools Burundi. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice20(3). https://doi.org/10.33423/jhetp.v20i3.2970

Keywords: Higher Education, Practice, education, information and communication technology (ICT), access, equity, computers for schools Burundi, African

Abstract

Although information and communication technology (ICT) has been used in various parts of the world to improve access to and the quality of education, educational systems in many African nations still face challenges around access to, equity in, and accessibility of ICT. Such issues are widespread in public education throughout Burundi. To resolve these issues, all stakeholders, including nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations, schools, communities, and employers in the education sector, must recognize and facilitate educational liberation leading to the social transformation of Burundi’s educational system. It is especially important to include previously disadvantaged communities. This paper outlines and contextualizes the quest of Computers for Schools Burundi to improve access to and equity in ICT literacy skills for Burundian youth from kindergarten–Grade 12.

The Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meetings present: Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon – Ambassador of the Mongolian Republic

The Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meetings present: Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon – Ambassador of the Mongolian Republic

As Chair of the RCNY International Breakfast Meetings it is my pleasure to announce our guest for our next Zoom meeting: Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon – Ambassador of the Mongolian Republic

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rcny-international-breakfast-tickets-117026711043 Please register on Eventbrite for Wed, August 19, 20209:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Yondon Otgonbayar, a long-time member of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented his credentials to President Donald Trump as Mongolia’s ambassador to the United States on March 28, 2018. He had nominated to the position on May 25, 2017.

Otgonbayar was born August 3, 1965. He attended School #52 in Ulaanbaator, Mongolia’s capital, before serving a hitch in the army as a member of the 282nd Infantry Regiment. In 1983, he left for the Moscow Institute of Foreign Relations, finishing in 1989. He returned to that school later, in 2005, and added a Ph.D. He also earned a post-graduate diploma at the School of Marketing and Management in New Delhi, India, in 1995.

Otgonbayar joined Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989 as first secretary in the Department of Asia. In 1991, he was sent to India as second secretary in the embassy in New Delhi. Otgonbayar was then put in the Department of International Organizations and served in 1996-1997 in Mongolia’s mission to the United Nations.

In 1997, Otgonbayar left government to be the CEO and director of Bayangol Hotel. He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 as first secretary in the Department of Policy Planning and the following year was made foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Nambaryn Enkhbayar.

Otgonbayar left the Foreign Ministry in 2004 to become secretary general of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), now the Mongolian People’s Party. At the time, Mongolia was doing a lot of trading with China after years of being a client state of the Soviet Union. Otgonbayar worked to encourage trade with the United States, Japan, South Korea and the European Union as well. In 2006, Otgonbayar added leadership of the Ulaanbaator branch of the MPRP to his party duties.

Otgonbayar was made minister of education, culture and science in 2008. He was elected to parliament in 2012 from Bulgan, a province along the border with Russia. In 2016, Otgonbayar was named vice minister of education, culture, science and sports, a post he held until going to Washington.

Otgonbayar is married and has two children. He speaks English, Russian and Hindi. (Steve Straehley)

Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Zoom Breakfast Meeting: Hon. Orlando Viera-Blanco Ambassador of Venezuela in Canada

Guest Speaker for the Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Zoom Breakfast Meeting:

Orlando Viera-Blanco, Ambassador of Venezuela in Canada

Mr. Orlando Viera-Blanco is a well-known Venezuelan Lawyer and Human Rights activist. Orlando Viera-Blanco has been appointed by Interim President of Venezuela Mr. Juan Guaido Marquez, as Head of Mission of The Diplomatic and Plenipotentiary Ambassador duly accreditated and accepted to Canada.

You must register in order to be able to participate in this free Rotary Club of New York Zoom meeting.

Rotary Club of New York International Zoom Breakfast Meeting

Date And Time
Wed, May 20, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

 

 

Kenya Star features Computers for Schools Burundi

A renewed focus on universal access to and equity in ICT for Burundian youth requires a two-pronged approach: investment in ICT equipment and implementation of ICT curricula with targeted efforts to develop 21st-century skillsets. The partnership between Computers for Schools Burundi, Rotary and the Five Schools of Excellence is an African trailblazer harnessing the power of multiple stakeholders for the common good of Burundian youth.

IMG_0930NICEEWComputers for Schools Burundi (CfSB), a project where I  volunteer as their Sustainability Analyst using the SOFAIR model is gaining international recognition. CfSB has partnered with Rotary Clubs, nationally and internationally. Rotary is made up of three parts: clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation. Collectively, Rotary works to make lasting change in communities and around the world. CfSB, the Rotary Club Bujumbura-Doyen, the Rotary Club Ottawa, and the Rotary Club West Ottawa are working together to analyze a possible grant application through Rotary International. The Rotary Club of New York is providing additional funding. The active board of CfSB is composed of members of local, regional, international companies, nongovernmental organizations, and the government.

I wrote the following article which was featured in Kenya Star:

An African Trailblazer: Computers for Schools Burundi, Rotary and Burundi’s Five Schools of Excellence