LSE Chicago: AFRICA IN THE OBAMA ERA Speaker Panel Plus WineTasting June 4th



South African Wine-Tasting Reception



Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago

LSE in Chicago, The British Consulate General, and Link Community Development are pleased to present a moderated speaker panel event on "Africa in the Obama Era" featuring David Hale, LSE alumnus and Chicago-based global economist, Charles Manuel, Trade Commissioner at the South African Consulate General in Chicago, Caroline Bledsoe, Professor of African Studies at Northwestern University, and Jacques Kibambe Ngoie, visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and Africa economist as the moderator. The panel will discuss economic, political, and social issues pertaining to "Africa in the Obama Era" followed by a South African wine-tasting and networking reception. Hors d'oeuvres will also be served.

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$20 for AFLSE Members, British Consulate Affiliates and Link Community Development Members

$30 for Non-Members

Space is limited, so please click here to purchase advance tickets

Proceeds will support Link Community Development (LCD), an international non-profit organization that helps children in Africa by improving the quality of education. LCD also delivers HIV/AIDS education programs to prevent the spread of the disease and mitigate its impact. LCD's U.S. headquarters are in Chicago.

Alumni, new members, prospective students, friends and guests are all welcome!

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David Hale is the founding chairman of David Hale Global Economics and China Online which provides daily business news on China. Mr. Hale currently serves as the Global Economic Advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and is a member of the U.S. National Association of Business Economists and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Mr. Hale writes on a broad range of economic subjects and his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Financial Times of London, The New York Times, and many other publications. He lectures worldwide, to groups including the World Economic Forum, The Fortune Global CEO Conference, and the National Association of Governors. He has frequently testified before Congressional committees on domestic and international economic policy issues and does briefings for senior officials in the executive branch, including President Bush. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on how changes in the global economy are affecting U.S. security relationships.

Charles Manuel assumed the role of Trade Commissioner at the South African Consulate General in Chicago in November 2005. His duties include the development of trade and the facilitation of investment between the companies in the Midwest and South Africa. In this capacity Mr. Manuel coordinates trade and investment for South Africa in 14 states in the U.S. Midwest. Before arriving in the U.S. Mr. Manuel was based at the Department of Trade and Industry’s head quarters in Pretoria, South Africa. The Department of Trade and Industry aims to attract investment as well as increase access for South African products and services in international markets. One of the department’s main objectives is the creation of a fair, competitive and efficient marketplace for domestic and foreign businesses. Mr. Manuel’s division was responsible for export marketing and investment assistance and his core functions included managing incentives as well as the development of strategies for the internationalization of small and medium enterprises.

Caroline Bledsoe is a Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Ms. Bledsoe’s projects in West Africa have centered on cultural visions of marriage, fertility and contraception, and child fosterage, several of which have been followed by U.S. and European counterpart studies. Her most formative project, in The Gambia (Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa, 2002, University of Chicago Press; contributions by Fatoumatta Banja), confronted Western views of the life course, which equate aging with the passage of linear time, with a West African model, which views aging as contingent on the cumulative effects of “wear,” especially, for women, that encountered in obstetric trauma. A subsequent study of technical writings in Western obstetrics, most notably by Chicago obstetrics pioneer Joseph B. De Lee, both revealed unmistakable support for the African view and deepened ideas of how “nature” comes to be. Her current project is “Transnational vital events: birth, law, and migration between Africa and Europe,” based at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. It asks how people distribute their key life moments – especially birth and marriage – across international boundaries as rights to work and live in Europe shift so dramatically. She has been supported by the Ford, Rockefeller, and Mellon foundations, the National Science Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

Jacques Kibambe Ngoie is an economist proficient in identifying and formulating decisive research and policy questions while applying technical and empirical approaches. Dr. Ngoie has worked on several issues related to Applied Economics such as Human Capital and on Macroeconomic Forecasting and Developmental Policy Analysis. His most recent work comprises the building of a disaggregated "marshallian macroeconometric model" used to appraise the impact of a set of freedom reforms on the South African economy and the development of a differential equations model used to unveil productivity trade-offs that exist in the treatment of infectious diseases. Besides being a research fellow at various institutions, Dr. Ngoie currently holds several international academic positions, namely as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago. He has been often invited by the UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) as well as other Central Banks to develop macroeconomic models and to conduct peer-reviewing work.

AFLSE Chicago: Speaker Panel Event - Tickets avaiable at the door
Thursday, 06/4/09 at 6:15pm
AFLSE Chicago, The British Consulate General, and Link Community Development invite you to attend a speaker panel event on "Africa in the Obama Era" featuring David Hale, LSE alumnus and Chicago-based global economist.

All are welcome!

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