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Join Mandela Washington Fellows and local leaders for weekly roundtable discussions on realities and solutions to global challenges.
Each Expert Exchange will be open to the public and include an audience Q&A. Two roundtables will take place typically on Tuesday mornings, with a break for refreshments and networking between each roundtable.
This week’s topic: Local to Global Governance.
Roundtable 1 (9:00-10:30AM): Global Problem, Global Solution? The Role of Global Institutions in Addressing Climate Change
The environmental, economic, and health threats posed by global change constitute one of today’s most pressing global challenges. The people and places facing the most extreme impacts of global climate change are often those with the least access to the resources needed to adapt. What is the role of international law and international institutions in mediating the resolution of these issues equitably and effectively?
Jonathan Patz (Moderator) – Director, Global Health Institute
Jonathan Patz, MD, M.P.H., is director of the Global Health Institute at the university of Wisconsin-Madison. He is professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences.
Eskedar Awgichew Ergete – Mandela Washington Fellow
Eskedar Awgichew Ergete (Ethiopia) is an Environmental Law Specialist currently leading the Environment and Natural Resources Law Center at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Prior to obtaining his master’s degree in this field, he was a legal professional in various organizations consecutively. The profession of law was a childhood dream of Eskedar’s, but he was not satisfied with the impact he was having as a general practitioner. He eventually made the decision to go back to law school determined to become an advocate for the environment. He chose this specialization not only because of the importance of protecting the environment but also because he has ideas to guide Ethiopia’s development to be more environmentally conscious. He also has a ten-year plan to become the minister of environment in his country and then another ten-year plan to become the leader of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Leah Horowitz – Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology
Leah is a critical cultural geographer, conducting research examining grassroots engagements with environmental issues, focusing on transnational mining projects, both urban and rural biodiversity conservation, and climate change activism. This research contributes to our understanding of the importance of relationships and networks in enabling and shaping various modes of environmental governance.
Marie-Josée Paula Houénou – Mandela Washington Fellow
Marie-Josée Paula Houénou (Côte d’Ivoire) graduated with distinction in International Environmental Law. For six years, she has given legal advice on environmental projects. Focusing on climate change, green entrepreneurship, and sensitization, she coordinates the Youth Initiative to Fight Climate Change Mediaterre, implemented by ASAPSU thanks to IFDD and Green Fund Quebec, helping to promote green projects in francophone countries. Passionate about development issues, she realized that environmental issues provide a wide range of opportunities to fight poverty and reach development in Africa. She has worked on sustainable development projects with UNESCO as intern, the Ivorian Ministry of environment as consultant, and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le Dévelopemment Durable as volunteer. She enjoys linking her jurist background with her project management experience, as she believes in both theoretical and practical approaches to integrate the principles of sustainable development in development sectors.
Roundtable 2 (11:00AM-12:30PM): Local Problem, Local Solution? Innovations in Rural Development
Global political discourse has presented a narrative of an increasing concern for “rural development.” But what does rural development look like to those who are actively engaged in the day-to-day business of local governance? Hear how local leaders support growth and opportunities for people living in rural communities, and their impressions of the differences and shared goals of governance in urban and rural contexts.
Josh Garoon (Moderator) – Assistant Professor, Community and Environmental Sociology
Dr. Garoon studies the ways in which health, development, and the environment intersect across Africa and the United States, and how those intersections manifest in health inequalities at the local level. He is particularly interested in how health inequalities are shaped by global, national, and local stakeholders’ attempts to define and act on community and neighborhood resources; in short, Dr. Garoon investigates environmental governance. His work cuts across anthropology, sociology, and epidemiology, and his projects in both Africa and the U.S. employ a community-engaged research framework.
Liswansio Chisela Kabwela – Mandela Washington Fellow
Liswansio Chisela Kabwela (Zambia) is a Chief Community Development Officer (CCDO) at Kalulushi Municipal Council in Zambia with seven years’ work experience. His work primarily involves overseeing a team of about 20 officers in sports for development programs, vocational skills training for youths, cultural and drama youth groups, library administration and establishment of adult literacy classes in the town of Kalulushi. Growing up, he saw himself gravitating towards community work as his own family upbringing was deeply engraved with strong elements of exerting oneself towards community service. Therefore, studying for a Bachelor’s in Development Studies and Public Administration and joining the local government structure was a natural choice. He chose this work because of the sense of accomplishment he receives when administrative plans translate into the transformation of an individual’s life and open them up to an endless world of possibilities.
Edosa Shawn Idada – Mandela Washington Fellow
Edosa Shawn Idada (Nigeria) is a graduate of Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Benin. He was appointed as a special assistant to a Member of House of Representatives in Abuja on April 2016. He hails from a rural area, so he has experienced firsthand the poor living conditions of people living in the rural areas. He interacts with lawmakers to drive motions and policies that affects the lives of the people. For example, he formulated a motion on the need to control an erosion threat, which was presented on the floor of the parliament. Working with lawmakers in Nigeria is an avenue for him to meet his goal of affecting the lives of people especially in the rural areas through proper creation and implementation of viable and sustainable programs and projects.
Maxwell Tii Kumbeni – Mandela Washington Fellow
Maxwell Tii Kumbeni (Ghana) has worked as a trained and licensed Registered General Nurse since 2009 and has been employed by Ghana Health Service from 2009 to date. He started his career in Navrongo Hospital where he was responsible for planning and implementation of patient care, administering medical treatment to patients among other things. After one year, he was reposted to Sakote Health Center in Nabdam District. Here, he was responsible for diagnosing and treating minor ailments, propagating health promotion activities and assisting in running administrative activities. Three years later, he was appointed the sub-district leader. As a sub-district leader, he is responsible for monitoring and supervision, health promotion and disease prevention, liaison between the sub-district and the district health management team, and implementation of health policies. To reduce health disparities in developing countries, effective policy implementation is key in leadership and management which is why he chose to provide good health to rural communities.
Richard Monette – Director, Great Lakes Indian Law Center
Richard Monette, a University of Wisconsin Law School professor, is one of the top experts on tribal law and the legal relationship between Native American tribes and the federal government.
Monette is a former chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a 30,000-strong tribe based on a reservation surrounded by the state of North Dakota. He formerly served as director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs during Bill Clinton’s presidency. In that capacity, he helped redesign how federal dollars are disbursed to tribes. He is also the former director of the National Native American Bar Association and has worked for two decades in Madison as a legal consultant to tribes drafting constitutions and other legal codes.
Patrick VanderSanden – City Administrator, Columbus, Wis.
Patrick is an experienced local government executive with a proven track record of success in the communities he has served. He is a leader with a record of accomplishment over 15 years in the public sector at both the local and state level of government.