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2007 Past Events and Initiatives

"Political Involvement of the Jewish Diaspora in Israeli Politics"

November 12, 2007

Dr. Yossi Shain, Professor of Diaspora Politics, Georgetown University and Professor of Political Science and Head of the Hartog School of Government, Tel Aviv University

"Kinship and Diasporas in International Affairs"

November 12, 2007

Dr. Yossi Shain, Professor of Diaspora Politics, Georgetown University and Professor of Political Science and Head of the Hartog School of Government, Tel Aviv University

"Perfecting Political Diaspora"

November 16, 2007

Dr. Peter Spiro, Charles R. Weiner, Professor of International Law An abstract of Dr. Spiro's paper can be found here.

"Development Finance via Diaspora Bonds: Track Record and Potential"

October 25, 2007

Dr. Dilip Ratha, Senior Economist at the World Bank

Roundtable Discussion: "Corruption and International Business"

May 2, 2007

Co-sponsored with the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) and the International Business Ethics Institute (IBEI)

Dr. Monica Dorhoi from the World Bank spoke on understanding how corruption and international business is affecting stakeholder relations and accountability mechanisms across 78 countries. Discussants included Dr. Kathleen Getz, Senior Associate Dean, American University and Dr. Stephen G. Schwenke, Senior Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank's Initiative on Social Capital and the Ethics of Development.

Symposium on New Directions for Research on Microfinance

April 20, 2007

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for work in microfinance that served as "an important instrument in the struggle against poverty." This symposium explored this evolving field. See the agenda and speakers here.

Development Management Network Workshop: "Development Challenges of Diasporas and Migration"

March 23, 2007

The Development Management Network (DMN) is an informal association of professionals (practitioners and policymakers) who share a common interest in the management and institutional aspects of economic, social, and political development. Its primary activity is an annual workshop to explore and disseminate the latest developments in the field of development management and to foster continued networking and engagement among its members. In 2007, the workshop featured a presentation and discussion on how diasporas and migration pose challenges to the way we currently define development. A related International Development Forum on "Diasporas: Challenge to the Development Industry?" preceded the workshop the evening before. Both events capitalized on the presence of two international scholars (from the UK and the Netherlands) whose travel was funded by the Elliott School of International Affairs. Hosting the DMN/SICA pre-conference workshop confirmed GW's leading role in the development and dissemination of new knowledge related to fostering development.

International Development Forum: "Diasporas: Challenge to the Development Industry?"

March 22, 2007

This forum discussed how increasing migration and diaspora engagement pose questions for the development industry's business as usual. Speakers included two visiting scholar-practitioners and a Washington-based development practitioner: Oliver Bakewell, Research Officer, International Migration Institute, Oxford University, Dr. Abdullah (Awil) Mohamoud, Executive Director and Founder, African Diaspora Policy Centre, Amsterdam, and James Thompson, Deputy Director, Global Development Alliance, US Agency for International Development.

Diaspora Research Roundtable

March 21, 2007

Oliver Bakewell, Awil Mohamoud, Steve Lubkemann, and Jennifer Brinkerhoff briefly discussed where they see the state of research and action on diasporas, policy, and development and then invited contributions and discussion from all of the participants. It was a rich discussion that facilitated collective clarification of thinking and mutually inspired new ideas and directions to push the envelope for what could be the state of the art in diaspora research methods.

Meeting with Ms. Oya Unlu Kizil, M.B.A. 1998, Corporate Communications Coordinator, Koç Holdings

March 15, 2007

Ms. Oya Unlu Kizil, M.B.A. 1998, Corporate Communications Coordinator with Koc Holdings in Turkey, visited the GW School of Business. She met with Dr. Timothy Fort, Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics, to discuss Koc's corporate social responsibility initiatives, including a nationwide community service day called "For My Country Day." Ms. Kizil also met with other members of the GW community and among the topics they discussed were Koc Holdings commitment to vocational education in Turkey and how corporate social responsibility is integrated into the curriculum at GWSB.
Mustafa Koc, M.B.A.1984, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Koc Holdings. He has been an advocate for GW in Turkey and has encouraged partnerships between his company and alma mater.

"Turning Egypt's Economic Reforms into Investments and Jobs: The Challenge of Deepening U.S.-Egypt Business Ties"

March 14, 2007

This panel discussion provided an on-the-ground perspective to the challenges of increasing U.S. investment in Egypt. Prominent Egyptian and American businesspeople, in Washington as part of an annual visit by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, provided an update on the reforms and the business reaction, and U.S. commentators explored what needs to be done promote a greater U.S. response to the new, more positive environment. For more information please click here.

Undergraduate Panel on International Careers

March 7, 2007

Co-sponsored with GW AIESEC, and GWSB Career Center

Ali Tahir, Sofitel
Adriana de Riva, World Bank Junior Professional Associates Program
Dan Houston, AMEX
For more information about the event please click here.

Graduate Panel on International Careers

March 6, 2007

Co-sponsored with Women in International Trade (WIIT), Organization of International Development (OID), Net Impact, GW School of Public Policy and Public Administration Career Development Services, GW School of Business Career Center, and GW Elliott School Graduate Student Career Development

Jennifer Bindhammer, Genese
Amanda DeBusk, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP
Jennifer Mulveny, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Rani Parker, Business-Community Synergies
Aaron Williams, RTI International
For more information about the event please click here.

Brown Bag Seminar: "Do South-South Trade Agreements Increase Trade? Commodity-Level Evidence from COMESA"

February 23, 2007

Co-sponsored with the GW Department of International Business Research

Dr. Anna Maria Mayda from Georgetown University presented her co-authored paper (with Chad Steinberg): "Do South-South trade agreements increase trade? Commodity-level evidence from COMESA"
Dr. Anna Maria Mayda is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgetown University in the Department of Economics and School of Foreign Service. She got her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2003. Professor Mayda's research interests are in the areas of International Trade, Political Economy, International Migration and Development Economics. Her research has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics and the European Economic Review. Dr. Mayda teaches courses in Trade Policy and International Trade at the graduate and undergraduate level and has won several teaching awards. A copy of the paper is available here.

Building for the Future: "The Long-Term International Economic Agenda", featuring Daniel S. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs

February 20, 2007

Co-sponsored with the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the GW Elliott School of International Affairs' International Trade and Investment Policy Program (ESIA-ITIP)

This discussion focused on trying to answer several key questions regarding multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations - Will a spate of bilateral agreements weaken the multilateral WTO system? How can U.S. economic and trade policies help foster economic growth at home and abroad as well as bolster U.S. national security? Does continued globalization impinge on American sovereignty?

Brown Bag Seminar: "Vertical and Horizontal FDI Spillovers in Transition Economies: Do Institutions Matter?"

February 16, 2007

Co-sponsored with the GW Department of International Business Research

Dr. Katherine Terrell presented "Vertical and Horizontal Spillovers in Transition Economies: Do Institutions Matter?"
Dr. Katherine Terrell is Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, with dual appointments at the Ross School of Business and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Prof. Terrell's research examines the effects of globalization on workers and firms in emerging markets, with emphasis on Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe where the transition to the global market has been especially marked. One stream addresses the role labor regulations and policy play in facilitating/hindering the reallocation of labor from the old to the new economy, while protecting affected workers. Another stream focuses on the impact of foreign direct investment on domestic firms and economic growth in emerging markets. Her research has been published widely in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Development. Dr. Terrell teaches courses at the graduate level in both schools, including Labor Markets in a Global Economy, Business Strategy in Latin America, Economic Development Policy, and Foreign Direct Investment. She also directs the International Business - Business Economics Ph.D. Program at the Ross School. Dr. Terrell is a Research Fellow at IZA ( Bonn,), a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research ( London), and a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education ( Prague). A copy of the paper is available here.

Interview with Michael Hopkins on the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility vis-a-vis Development

February 7, 2007

GW-CIBER produced an interview with Michael Hopkins, author of Corporate Social Responsibility and International Development: Is Business the Solution? (Earthscan, 2006). DVDs of the interview have been distributed among interested George Washington University's faculty members and students, as well as made available through the CIBER network.
Dr. Hopkins is CEO and Chairman of MHC International Ltd. (London & Geneva), a research and service company that specializes in social development issues for the public and private sector alike. Dr. Hopkins is Professor of Corporate Responsibility and Business Performance (CRBP) at Middlesex University Business School and is Founder and Chairman, of the International Centre for CRBP which began operations in 2001. Dr. Hopkins holds First and Masters degrees in Mathematics and Statistics and a Doctoral Degree in Labor Economics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Hildy Teegen, GW-CIBER Director, engaged Dr. Hopkins in a broad discussion about the role of Corporate Social Responsibility vis-a-vis development in emerging markets. Covered topics included, among the others, a discussion of the roles and expectations of civil society, governments and businesses in exploring the opportunities and innovations inherent in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); specific social problems or needs that businesses are uniquely suited to solve or fulfill in developing countries; ways in which public-sector failures in developing countries are linked to an increased social-value-creation role of the private-sector in developing countries.

Diaspora Seminar Series: "Bridging the Diaspora-Homeland Cultural Divide - Diaspora Organizations and Homeland Investment"

February 1, 2007

This discussion focused on why diaspora members invest in their homelands and why investment intensity varies among diaspora communities. The authors drew on theory from anthropology, economic psychology, international business, and sociology, to generate a multi-level conceptual model of diaspora homeland investment. Their model examined the effects of inter-diaspora cultural differences, diaspora organization support, and three types of investment expectations-financial, social, and emotional-to shed further light on this phenomenon. For more information about the event, please click here.