1 Keynote Address: Cristina Álvarez Minister of Government of the Province of Buenos Aires President of the Provincial Council of Women Vice President of the Justicialist Party in the State of Buenos Aires. Cristina is an Architect and she graduated at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the National University of Buenos Aires. She holds a Master Degree in Cultural Management of MERCOSUR at the University of Palermo and was distinguished as Honorary Professor of the Department of Architecture and Environment, of the School of Architecture, Design, Art and Planning, of the University of Morón. Among her most recent responsibilities Cristina was Minister of Infrastructure of the State of Buenos Aires, Vice President of the Latin American Parliament (Delegation Argentina), President adhonorem of the National Institute of Historical Research and member of Eva Peron, President of the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires, Under Secretary of Culture of the Province of Buenos Aires and president of the Institute of Social Welfare of the Province of Buenos Aires Within her political activities she was National Congresswoman of the Frente para la Victoria Party (PJ), Vice President of the Commission on Addiction Prevention and Control of Narcotics of the National Congress, President-in -Office of the Justicialist Party in the Province of Buenos Aires and Founder of the political Organization Peronismo Notes: Topic: Eva Peron: A Leader and Legacy
2 International Speaker Profiles: Jorge Garayalde Representative (Legislator) Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires Jorge became a House Representative of the Legislature of Buenos Aires in 2007 and was reelected in Jorge is a lawyer, and in his Political duties he is President of the Ethics, Agreements and Accountability Committee of the Legislature. From 2004 until 2006 he was the Political Legislative Secretary, Public Policy Advisor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Counsel Marta Varela; Representative of the political Party Recrear; and Secretary of the Assembly of Delegates of the Recrear Party. He was also the Managing Partner of the Law Firm Garayalde & Parasporo and Managing Partner of Law Firm Isola- Garayalde, President-in -Office of the Justicialist Party in the Province of Buenos Aires and founder of the political Organization Peronismo Cristian Ritondo Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires First Vice Cristian is a City of Buenos Aires Legislator and First Vice president of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires. This is his second term, as he was first elected Legislator in Previous responsibilities included President of the PRO Party Bloc, Member of the Ethics Board, Agreements and Accountability Committee; Public Works and Utilities; Urban Planning and Housing. From he was a House Representative of the City of Buenos Aires in the National Congress and reelected in 2006 for another period. He was Vice-president of the Population and Human Development Committee, Member of the Homeland Security Committee, Justice Committee, Criminal Legislation Committee, Communications and IT Committee and National Defense Committee. He was Under Secretary for Homeland Security Homeland Security Ministry. Homeland and from 1998 until 1999 Chief Of Staff at the Homeland Security Secretary at the Homeland Security Ministry. During 1998 he was Director of the National Institute For Public Administration In he was Secretariat Of State of the Municipality Of The City Of Buenos Aires.
3 Huang Minsheng School of Resources & Environmental Sciences East China Normal University Huang Minsheng is a professor and researcher specializing in the fields of Drainage Engineeing Wastewater Treatment Engineering Water Supply and Drainage Pipe Systems Environmental Microbiology Environment Science Opertaion and Management of Wastewater Engineering and Environmental Bioremediation. He graduated with Phd the College of Environmental Science and Engineering at Tongji Univeristy in Carlos Mas Vélez Secretary General Universidad de Buenos Carlos Mas Vélez is a lawyer, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, with studies at the Institute of Leadership and Management (IGLU), and postgraduate studies at the University of Salamanca, specializing in administrative law. From December 2006 to the present day, he is the Secretary General of the University of Buenos Aires. His previous assignments include major roles, including his work as Legal Secretary at the Council of Magistrates of Buenos Aires from March 2006 to December Also, from August 2003 to March 2006 he was Head of the Background and Evaluation Department for the Council of Magistrates of the City of Buenos Aires. From October 2000 to May 2002 he served as Secretary General of the University of Buenos Aires for the first time. Carlos is currently Coordinator of the Democracy and Rule of Law Dr. Raúl Alfonsín Open Class, at the Faculty of Law, of the University of Buenos Aires and part of the Superior Council of the Colegio de las Américas, Inter- American Organization for Higher Education. He was General Director of the Foundation for Training and Social Research (FUCAIS), and Director of the University of Buenos Aires Editorial house, and several times Counsellor of the Superior Council of the UBA.
4 Nadia Schaefer Rector Universidad Autónoma de Nadia holds a PhD in Education with the highest distinction from the National University of Itapúa, She is President and co-founder of the Autonomous University of Encarnación (UNAE ) and its associated institutions: Divine Hope Institute of Education Primary School and the Institute of Teacher Education. Nadia served as professor of education, guidance and theatre; Modern Techniques of Teaching in Primary and High School Education, Research Methodology, Literature and Spanish Language Media in Education. She participated in a research team at the University of Extremadura, Spain (2013), and also the Study Tour for Senior Leaders in Higher Education in Latin America organized by the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities, sponsored by the European Higher Education Program, ERASMUS MUNDUS, Brussels Belgium, Spain and Valencia- Glasgow United Kingdom England (2010). Natalia Nierenberger Evita Museum Director General Coordinator of the National Institute of Historical Research Eva Peron Natalia is a lawyer and graduated at the University of La Plata. She also studied Economics and Public Finance and conducted several courses and seminars in Family Law. Recently she served as General Director of Administration in the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Province of Buenos Aires, Advisor at the Provincial Institute of Public Administration and Deputy General Counsel of the Government of the State of Buenos Aires. She previously served as an advisor to the Ministries of Health, Director of Provincial Delegations of the Ministry of Labor and Director of Private Security Agencies of the Ministry of State Security office. Within her political interests, Natalia is part of the Evita Vive civil association and its president since She also works as a professor at the National Policy Training Institute. From 2007 to 2009 she served as Council woman of Punta Indio. In 2009, she was nominated for a seat at the Congress by the Frente para la Victoria, Political Party. Currently, she is the representative of the Justicialist Party Congress of the State of Buenos Aires.
5 Carolina Barone Director of International Relations Legislature of the City of Buenos Carolina holds a BA in Government and International Relations. She is General Director of International Relations and Cooperation of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires, since She was Legislative Advisor. She also worked in the Inter-jurisdictional Relations Committee of the Legislature from 2007 to She is the Founder and President of the civil association Women like You. She was the Co-creator of the national movement against human trafficking: Red Tuesday ( and a member of the women s network Vital Voices led by Hillary Clinton. Andres Fontana Director of the Institute for International Cooperation Universidad Nacional de La Matanza. Andres is a Sociologist, graduated from the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. He holds a Ph. D. in Government, from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a MacArthur Fellow in International Security, a Senior Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at University of Notre Dame, and a Chevening Fellow at King s College, University of London, and received funding for his research from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the United States Institute of Peace, the Inter-American Foundation, and the International Development Research Center. He is also a Full Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Universidad Nacional de La Matanza, and Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. He was also General Coordinator of the Argentina-NATO Seminar on Global Security, sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and General Coordinator of the XV World Congress of Political Science. He has been Director of the Center for International Security Studies at the Argentine Foreign Ministry and, more recently, Dean of Graduate Studies at Universidad de Belgrano.
6 Domestic Speaker Profiles: Robert Bunny Adcock Vice Chairman Centennial Bank Board of Trustees Member UCA Mr. Robert Adcock is Vice Chairman of Centennial Bank and a University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees Member. He founded Home Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Adcock served as an Executive Vice President of First National Bank of Conway for more than 20 years. Mr. Adcock has served three Arkansas governors and been involved with other state government offices over the years. Mr. Adcock served as President of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority appointed by Governor Huckabee. In the mid 1970's, he was appointed by then Governor David Pryor to lead Arkansas's European Trade Office in Brussels, Belgium. He also served as an aide to Governor Frank White during his term in the early eighties. Mr. Adcock also served as Director of First National Bank of Conway. He served as Commissioner of Arkansas State Bank from 2003 to Mr. Adcock operates a farming operation in Gould (Lincoln County). Richie Arnold, Chief Executive Officer Conway Corporation Richie Arnold began work at the Conway Corporation in 1978 in the data processing department where he served as manager of that department until receiving a promotion to Manager of Finance and Accounting. In 1996, he was named Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Arnold was named Chief Executive Officer in Mr. Arnold has served on the boards of directors of the Conway Development Corporation, Arkansas Municipal Power Association, Arkansas One-Call, Arkansas Cable Telecommunications Association, Mid- Arkansas Water Alliance and served as President of the Conway Rotary Club.
7 Gilbert Baker Executive Assistant to the President University of Central Arkansas Senator Gilbert Baker joined the UCA executive staff in 2013 and supports university development and communications; community outreach throughout Arkansas; and government relations on the federal, state and local levels. Before his election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2000, Gilbert Baker served UCA for over 20 years, as an instructor of music, and later, as a tenured Assistant Professor, academic adviser and Associate Dean. Sen. Baker served six consecutive terms for Senate District 30, representing Faulkner County, Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower and Vilonia. During the 88th Legislative Session, Senator Baker served as chairman of Joint Budget Committee and vice chairman of State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, in addition to committee work in Education; Senate Efficiency; Arkansas Legislative Council; and the Joint Interim Committee on Legislative Facilities. During the 87th Legislative Session he served as chairman of Joint Budget Committee and chairman of Arkansas Legislative Council's (ALC) Higher Education Subcommittee; was vice chairman of the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee; and on legislative committees including Senate Efficiency; Senate Children and Youth; Arkansas Legislative Council; Legislative Facilities; Economic and Tax Policy; Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance; Highway Finance - Revenue Transfer Subcommittee and Academic Facilities Oversight Committee. He served on several subcommittees of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. Senator Baker is also the former chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas. Senator Baker was involved with regional and national organizations including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB; the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), where he served on the Budgets and Review Committee and Education Committee; and the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) Education Committee. As a Senator. Baker s priorities included higher education improvements, National Guard tuition incentives, economic development across Arkansas, fiscal accountability and transparency. Lara Bersano University of Central Arkansas International Engagement Latin American Lara is an International Relations and Communications specialist, graduated in Public Policy and Social Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2013 she holds responsibility for the International Engagement activities of The University of Central Arkansas in Latin AmericaLara is also an invited professor at The George Washington University for the international Public Policy and Governance Program. She is also a frequent lecturer at multiple global events in the Americas and Europe, including the Mayor s Conference of FIU, New School New York, Mortara Center of International Studies at Georgetown University, Universidad del Rosario Bogota, Universidad De Guayaquil, Universidad Católica de Quito, Universidad de Barranquilla and Universidad Juan Carlos I of Madrid. Past responsibilities include managing the international relations of the biggest water company of the State of Buenos Aires, ABSA. Previously she worked as communications advisor of the Chief of staff of the of the Governor of the City of Buenos Aires, and before that she was Communications Director of the Spanish Media Group PRISA in the US and Latin America. During her tenure as journalist, Lara managed the international editions of the Competencia Magazine in Latin America and the US. And was also international director of ADN magazine, a premium environmental media. She was the only Argentinean awarded the Golden Circle Award for Excellence in Journalism For Peace in 2005.
8 Shane Broadway Director Arkansas Department of Higher Education Shane Broadway is the director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and has been with the agency since January Broadway is a member of Gov. Mike Beebe s full cabinet as well as the Governor s Workforce Cabinet, an appointed group of state government leaders charged with creating 21 st Century jobs and skilled workers. An Arkansas State University alumnus, Broadway served three terms as a representative for Pulaski and Saline Counties, and two terms in the senate. He was elected Speaker of the House by his colleagues in 2001, becoming the youngest Speaker of the House in Arkansas history. He previously served as chairman of the 15-state Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) which fosters intergovernmental cooperation among member states and as chairman of the SLC s Education Committee. Beebe appointed Broadway to the advisory board of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Broadway currently serves as the President of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, which recently announced a $120 million dollar expansion of Saint Gobain Proppants in Saline County. He and his wife Debbie were the recipients of the 2001 Hope Award by the MS Society of Arkansas for their involvement and support of finding a cure for MS, which Debbie was diagnosed with over twenty years ago. Tom Courtway President University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway was appointed the 10 th president of the University of Central Arkansas by the UCA Board of Trustees in December Courtway was serving as interim president when appointed. UCA first hired Courtway as general counsel in He left in late 2003 to serve as interim director of the Arkansas Department of Education and returned to UCA as general counsel in In December 2005, Courtway became vice president of Hendrix College in Conway until August 2006, when he returned to UCA as vice president and general counsel. Courtway practiced law for several years in Arkansas. He worked with the Wright, Lindsey, & Jennings Law Firm in Little Rock from 1986 to 1993, when he moved to Conway to establish his own practice. In 1995, he joined the Brazil Law Firm in Conway, and in 2000, opened the Courtway & Osment Law Firm in Conway where he remained until Courtway served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1995 to During his time representing District 45, he chaired the Revenue and Tax Committee. He also served on the Agriculture & Economic Development Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Insurance & Commerce Committee. He worked in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide for U.S. Senators Dale Bumpers and David Pryor from 1979 to 1982 and from 1983 to 1986 respectively. Courtway earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business from Hendrix College in 1974, a juris doctorate with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1978, and an M.L.T. from Georgetown University in 1983.
9 Allen Dodson Faulkner County Judge Judge Dodson was appointed Faulkner County judge by the Faulkner County Quorum Court in Prior to his appointment, he briefly served as Faulkner County attorney. Dodson s career spans public service and private corporations including the US Navy, Virco Manufacturing in Conway, and Acxiom, where he was employed for more than 11 years. After earning a law degree, Dodson opend his own practice focusing onoil and gas, contract negotiation, real property, and business issues, as well as other areas of civil law. He has also served as special judge in the District Court of Faulkner County on several occasions. Dodson is a member of Conway Rotary Club, and serves on the Women s Shelter of Central Arkansas Board of Directors. Sean Kelley Director of the Commercial Service United States Department of Commerce Sean P. Kelley was assigned in August 2012, as the Director of the Commercial Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce s export efforts in the State. He also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Arkansas District Export Council. Mr. Kelley is a Commercial Officer, and a career diplomat with the Commercial Service. He was posted overseas for 17 years, and served in Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. Kelley graduated from the American Graduate School of International Management (THUNDERBIRD), and the University of San Diego with a BA/MA in International Relations. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
10 Steven W. Runge, Ph. D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs University of Central Arkansas Dr. Steven Runge joined the University of Central Arkansas as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in 1991, earning the rank of Associate Professor in 1995 and the rank of Professor Dr. Runge served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 2004 to 2009 when he was appointed as Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) He served as Dean of the College from 2010 to 2012, Dr Runge now serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Runge holds an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he majored in Biology, Chemistry and Human Adaptability (Humans in the Environment); and a PhD from Ohio State University in Biochemistry. Dr. Runge has developed and taught courses in molecular and cellular biology and he maintains an active research program studying cell death mechanisms in cultured breast cancer cells. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, as the UCA representative on the Arkansas INBRE Steering Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for Life Long Learners, Inc. Jane Ann Williams Assistant Provost and Director of International Engagement University of Central Williams oversees International Student Services, Study Abroad, Global Partnerships, international collaboration and recruitment, international grants, the Confucius Institute, and all aspects of internationalization of the university. Previously, as executive director of international education at Miami Dade College, Williams established the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives and the Confucius Institute. She also developed dual diploma programs; served as the project director for the US-Indonesia Capacity Building Grant and the Fulbright Gateway Program; established partnerships with numerous international institutions; and developed intensive English and leadership programs in the US and abroad. Williams academic background spans liberal arts to informational technology with appointments as dean of academic affairs and titled professor of Cap Cana Heritage School and Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic; director of multicultural education, community engagement and outreach at Virginia Tech, Director of Information Technology and Professor of IT at Mercer University where she established graduate programs, an advanced technology center; and a department chair of communications and foreign languages. Williams has directed grant, study abroad and research programs throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She holds a bachelor s degree in International Studies from Virginia Tech, a master s degree in Publication and Writing from the University of Baltimore, and is completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Policy, Governance, and Globalization at Virginia Tech. Williams has published over 250 articles in journals, magazines and newspapers; produced news for NBC and documentaries, and won awards for international sustainable development projects.
11 UCA International Engagement: Jane Ann Williams Assistant Provost/Director of International Engagement Ashley Pettingill Associate Director Ron Hudson International Student and Scholar Services Project Manager Jon-Stephen Stansel International Communication Manager Casey Jackson-Aceituno International Student Services Coordinator Therese Pollard International Partnerships Coordinator Guo-Ou Zhuang Confucius Director and Assistant Professor of Chinese Xiaohong Lu (Lucy) Confucius Deputy Director Jillian Arbogast Administrative Specialist III Keyoor Joshi India Specialist/Graduate Assistant Hang Yang (Armstrong) China Specialist/Graduate Assistant UCA International Engagement: phone: (501) address: 360 Farris Road Conway, AR
12 Additional Speakers to Include: Marcus Bobbit, UCA Study Abroad Alumni and owner of Kings Conway Ben Cash College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics UCA Matondo Filawo President of Transport Management, Democratic Republic of the Congo Brad Lacy President of Conway Chamber of Commerce, UCA Board of Trustees Member Larry Lawrence, Director Physical Plant, UCA Wendy Lucas Associate Provost for Assessment & Enrollment Support UCA Jim McKenzie Executive Director of Central Arkansas Planning Shelley Mehl Vice President of Institutional Advancement, UCA Brad Moore Sergeant, UCA Police Department Tammy Rogers Department Chair of Economics, Finance, Insurance and Risk Management, UCA Michael Rubach MBA Director College of Business UCA LaTresha Woodruff, Public Information Officer City of Conway Police Department Special Thanks to the Following: Ana Maria Salazar, Senior Adviser UNWomen Juan Pablo Itoiz Secretary Argentina Economic Development Jorge Pasardi Honorary President Fundacion Argentina de Jovenes Guillermo Scarcella President Aguas Bonaerenses Enrique Ponce Chiriboga Secretary Ecuador Environmental Risk Management Martin Fernandez Pro Secretary Congress of Uruguay Ellen Fitzpatrick Director of International Programs Clinton School of Public Service Daniel Martinez Rector University of La Matanza Dr. Marcelo Edgardo De Vincenzi Zemborain Vice President of Management and Evaluation, Dean of the School of Information Technology, Universidad Abierta Interamericana
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