Global Think In Nairobi

ALEX AWITI (MODERATOR) | Alex Awiti is the Director of the East African Institute at Aga Khan University, Nairobi. He holds a PhD in Ecosystems Ecology from the University of Nairobi. Dr. Awiti has a commitment to, and knowledge of, the East African region including key challenging issues and the tremendous possibilities that exist for a sustainable future.
PATRICK GATHARA | Patrick Gathara is an editorial cartoonist with the Daily Nation, East Africa’s largest daily newspaper. He has been a professional cartoonist for 20 years and was the General Secretary of the Association of East African Cartoonists. He has published several collections of Kenyan cartoons and a study of the history and impact of political cartooning.
BITANGE NDEMO | Bitange Ndemo is the former Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication. During his tenure in government, he initiated many transformative projects including infrastructural and development programs, as well as marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing. He currently lectures on entrepreneurship and research methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School.
JEMIMAH NJUKI | Jemimah Njuki is a Senior Program Officer at Canada’s International Development Research Centre where she manages agriculture and food security programs. Previously, she led CARE USA’s Women in Agriculture program, and the gender, poverty and impact program at the International Livestock Research Institute. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security.
BERNARD OLAYO | Bernard Olayo, founder and chair of the Center for Public Health and Development, is a Kenyan physician and public health specialist with more than 14 years of experience. He is also a technical team member for several World Bank programs in East Africa and an adviser to ministries of health in the region.
ANLA CHENG | Anla Cheng is a senior partner of Sino-Century, a China Private Equity Fund, and Chief Executive Officer of SupChina, a digital news outlet geared toward connecting English speaking millennials with the Chinese diaspora. She is a member of the National Committee of U.S. China Relations and Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Business Committee Chair of the China Institute.
WAFAA M. EL-SADR | Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, founded and currently directs ICAP which works in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and in the U.S. in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations building in-country capacity for HIV prevention, care, and treatment and related issues. More than one million individuals living with HIV have gained access to HIV services and more than 500,000 have received access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy through these programs. ICAP champions a family-focused approach consistent with the one pioneered at Harlem Hospital through a multidisciplinary team of providers and based on building meaningful partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations within countries. Dr. El-Sadr has also led efforts to support the capacity of health systems through the many programs that ICAP has established. Her work has also advanced the concepts of health systems strengthening globally for the purpose of confronting major health threats faced by communities around the world.
BERNARD HARCOURT | Bernard Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, a CGT member, and director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. He also serves as Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales in Paris, and is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies. His scholarship focuses on social and critical theory, with a particular interest in punishment and surveillance. He also offers pro bono legal services for death row inmates. His most recent book, Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age, explores how contemporary media shapes the circulation of power in society.
SHARON MARCUS | Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Dean of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, as well as a Fellow of the New York Institute for Humanities. She specializes in 19th-century British and French literature, with a focus on performance studies, theater, and the novel; literary theory; and gender and sexuality studies. Professor Marcus is also the founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Public Books, an online review of books and arts. She is the author of two prize-winning books: Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999) and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton University Press, 2007). She is a member of the CGT.
SAFWAN MASRI (MODERATOR) | Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. As an ambassador for Columbia, he cultivates relationships with Columbia alumni and with international leaders, essential to the continued development of a global Columbia. In this role, he helps coordinate various University-wide global initiatives, and works to extend Columbia’s reach to match the pressing demands of our global society. Professor Masri is responsible for the development of an expanding network of Columbia Global Centers, located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunis. The Centers promote and facilitate the engagement of faculty, students, and alumni with the world, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange. He has been Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Amman since its founding in 2009.
JOSEPH STIGLITZ | Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize-winning economist, a University Professor at Columbia University, and a CGT member. He is currently Co-Founder and Co-President of Columbia's Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute, and Co-Chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has served as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank, and Chair of the UN Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System, among others. He is the author or co-author of over 300 articles and over 30 books, including most recently The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, published in 2016. Professor Stiglitz is credited with the creation of a new branch of economics, the economics of information, and is considered one of the world’s most influential living economists.
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