CTAUN conference in Dallas :
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS – WHERE DO YOU FIT?
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Southern Methodist University (SMU) – Hughes-Trigg Student Center
Keynote Speaker: RAMU DAMODARAN, Deputy Director for Partnership and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division, and chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative
Closing Speaker: Dr. TODD SPINKS, Director, Office of Sustainability, University of North Texas
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UN Keynote Speaker: RAMU DAMODARAN
RAMU DAMODARAN is Deputy Director for Partnership and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division and is chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which aligns institutions of higher learning and research with the objectives of the United Nations and the States and peoples who constitute it. He is also the current secretary of the United Nations Committee on Information. His earlier posts with the Organization have included the Departments of Peacekeeping and Special Political Questions, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary- General.
Ramu Damodaran has been a member of the Indian Foreign Service, where he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador, and where he served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister of India as well as in the diplomatic missions in Moscow and to the United Nations, and in a range of national governmental ministries.
Closing Keynote: Dr. TODD SPINKS
Dr. TODD SPINKS joined the University of North Texas in 2009, and oversees all sustainability efforts at the university in areas of research, operations, outreach, and teaching students. He has received over $2.2 million in grant monies, to conduct research and implement infrastructure projects in renewable energy. Dr. Spinks serves on, and works with, several UNT research groups, to include the Renewable Energy & Conservation research cluster. Dr. Spinks travels internationally consulting communities, government leaders, and corporate executives toward developing frameworks for sustainable growth. Prior to joining UNT, Dr. Spinks worked at the US EPA, as the lead social scientist on several regional and national task forces to develop solutions addressing community development, environmental justice, challenges to indigenous communities, intergovernmental relations, and environmental issues around the globe. Dr. Spinks' research and course instruction focus on international sustainable community development, causes of political violence, and comparative politics. Dr. Spinks served in the US Army, stationed in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Morning Panel -- Facilitated by Anna Marie Sifford, North Hills Prepatory
Dr. Rick Halperin, SMU Embrey Human Rights Program
Jennifer Bowden, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Marti Cockrell, Elementary Model United Nations
Nancy Marchant, Fort Worth Sister Cities
Brandon Wiley, Asia Society
Afternoon Panel - Facilitated by Kim Gideon, North Euless Elementary
Bhavani Parpia, ConnecTeach
Barby Crabtree, Zonta International, Dallas
Meghna Tare, Sustainability Director, University of Texas Arlington
William O. Holston, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas