A student speaker series showcasing the diverse professional and personal experiences of SIPA students involving prior employment, community/volunteer/public service, social entrepreneurship, and other topics of interest to the SIPA community.
Jake Sprang (MIA)
Community Organizing for Displaced Populations
Jake Sprang is the Executive Director of the Refugee Empowerment and Support Taskforce, a small NGO that uses community organizing techniques to design humanitarian relief programs in coordination with Burundian refugees living in Rwanda. He will discuss the importance of human-centered approaches to humanitarian relief and the importance of listening and building relationships with communities, before acting.
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Risalat Khan (MPA-ESP)
Climate Activism in Bangladesh and Beyond: The Fight for Our Shared Future
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Mehemed Bougsea (MPA-DP)
Youth Empowerment in North Africa
Mehemed Bougsea is the Co-Founder and Strategy Lead of Think.iT, a mission-driven company that trains and connects tech talent from North Africa with top engineering jobs globally. He will speak about his experience becoming a social entrepreneur in the Middle East; giving an insight into the daily challenges of connecting untapped pools of brilliance in Turkey and Tunisia with a rapidly changing world economy through technology.
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Andres Ochoa Toasa (MIA)
Community Development in the Andes: Successes, Failures, and the Promise of Youth Engagement and Civic Leadership
Andres Ochoa Toasa was Social Director of TECHO Ecuador, the country chapter of one of the largest Latin American NGOs working in community development, youth mobilization, and public advocacy. He discussed his experience working with various communities in Ecuador on the coast, in the capital, and within indigenous areas; highlighting the challenges of youth engagement and its role in contributing to sustainable change.
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Shakb Noori (Executive MPA)
Social Ventures and Government Reform in Afghanistan
Shakib Noori is Co-Founder of Freedom Learners, a technology organization that provides education through tablets to those who do not have access to schools. Shakib also served as a Senior Partner and Public-Private Partnership Advisor for the Afghanistan Center for Excellence and Commercial Counselor to the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC.
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Sabrina Premji (MPA-DP)
Child Care in East Africa
Sabrina Premji is the Co-Founder and Chief Exploration Officer at Kidogo, a social enterprise that provides early childhood care & education in East Africa for less that $1 per day. She discussed her experience launching a social venture and the constant struggle to balance social impact and financial sustainability. Sabrina authored Backwards & Forwards: My Journey Through Africa, and was selected Canada's "Female Entrepreneur of the Year" by ELLE Magazine.
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
Samuel M. Pierre (Executive MPA)
Getting Things Done in New York City Government
Samuel Pierre was Director of African American and Caribbean Affairs for Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2010 to 2014. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Haitian American Caucus.
Event sponsored by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs (OSA) on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.