Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) will serve as the lead host for six of Eurasia’s most dynamic and highly educated emerging leaders through the Rumsfeld Foundation’s Open World Program next week. The group will be in Spokane to learn about accountable government and economic development while experiencing some American culture and building connections to our community.
The delegates arrive in Spokane Sunday, Oct. 22, and depart Wednesday, Oct. 26. During their stay, the delegation will meet with CCS administrators, faculty and staff; present to students at both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College; attend a city council meeting; meet with Greater Spokane Incorporated, Downtown Spokane Partnership and the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council; and meet with leaders including Mayor David Condon and County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn. The group will also meet with media representatives at the Spokesman-Review.
The delegation includes:
Lotfullah Najafizada – Afghanistan – Award-winning journalist and Director of TOLO news, Afghanistan’s top 24/7 news television channel with a newsroom of over 100 journalists in Kabul and outlying bureaus
Zafar Hashemi – Afghanistan – Deputy Spokesman of the President of Afghanistan and former national journalist
Zurab Parjiani – Georgia – Deputy Head of the Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Mirsuljan Namazaliev – Kyrgyzstan – Owner and Director of General K-News Information Agency, one of the leading online news sources in Kyrgyzstan
Mandul Altangerel – Mongolia – Lawyer at Allens LLP, a leading international law firm where she specializes in regulatory and compliance issues related to energy, mining and infrastructure projects in Mongolia
Farrukh Karabaev – Uzbekistan – Project Manager at the United Nations Development Program to enhance lawmaking, rulemaking and regulatory impact assessment in Uzbekistan
“We are very excited to host these world leaders in Spokane. We are honored to share our expertise and learn about their experiences in each of their countries,” said Christine Johnson, CCS chancellor. “A part of the CCS vision is to inspire students to lead communities, build the nation and enrich the world so any opportunity to bring a larger world view to our students is valuable.”
This visit is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center in conjunction with the Rumsfeld Foundation and in partnership with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
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