From Dragon Boats to Visiting Scholars, Boston AFLSE is Bustin' Out All Over

Persistence pays!

Thanks to our Boston AFLSE networking volunteers we are getting a great group together for Third Thursday socials.  Adamma Obele, Ian Crowley, Samir Ahshrup, Zarina Aamai and Anne Stevenson have been a great help in coming early and welcoming AFLSE members and friends. It's worthwhile to be among such interesting company. In May, for instance, Dale Lampe, on leave from Afghanistan, was able to join us. He's working on microfinance, and explained that there is no Islamic microfinance in Afghanistan. Ed Cuipa brought up a new report his company, State Street, had issued on Islamic finance, and we heard Samir Ahshrup's first-hand experience growing up with Islamic finance in Malaysia. And that was just the start....

We also heard about Ian's adventures with rowing. Duanwu, China's Dragon Boat Festival includes a dragon boat race, which is also held in Boston on the Charles River. This year Ian is one of the rowers. Come and spot him at the 30th anniversary festival on 6-7 June!

Don't forget to join us on Thursday 18 June for our regular monthly networking at the Times Irish Pub, 112 Broad Street, Boston MA 02110. We'll be by the window to the left of the door, with a sign, from 5:30.

Next up is a Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, 1 July. It's the perfect event to inspire a happy and climate friendly summer. Dr. David Levy is our guest speaker. He is the founder and chair of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC), where he works on business responses to climate change, development of renewable energy industry, multinational corporations and global governance. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker, and is also eager to hear what you all have to say. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early. The luncheon is from 12 -2, at Park Square Legal Sea Foods, in the Board-O Room, 26 Park Plaza,Boston MA 02116.

Another Charles River view awaits you at the British Consulate General, where we are hosting the annual Bon Voyage reception for incoming LSE students. This event is on Friday 17 July, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the British Consulate General,One Memorial Drive, 15th floor,Cambridge MA 02142. And yes, I will bring the brownies, but the focus will be on traditional British fare. Advance registration is strongly recommended, and you need to show photo identification at the building entrance.

We are also welcoming Dr. N. Piers Ludlow to Boston in July. He'll be here for a week or two after the 18th, so we'll do at least one event with him. If you have suggestions regarding topics or venues, please share!

Volunteers are needed for all events. Please let us know if you can help with signing people in, set-up, clean-up, etc...

The Boston Chapter and AFLSE are also excited about another opportunity, which directly benefits our Chapter. For the first time, the UK government is funding a challenge grant. If we increase the number of donors to the Centennial Fund to 750 no later than 31 July, AFLSE will be able to more than double current chapter funding, from $150 to more than $300. With AFLSE already at 650 new donors, we should be able to meet this challenge! Whether you contribute $5 or $5 million, what counts is the number of donors, so please consider a contribution soon.

If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, or would like to volunteer, please contact us at any time by email to

Best regards,

Anna Sabasteanski

Boston Chapter Chair



AFLSE Boston: Third Thursdays Social
Thursday, 06/18/09 at 5:30pm

All are welcome to these casual get-togethers, held the third Thursday of each month at the Times Irish Pub in downtown Boston.

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AFLSE Boston: Leadership Luncheon
Wednesday, 07/1/09 at 12:00pm
Please join fellow LSE alumni and friends at our next Leadership Luncheon in the Board-O Room of the Park Square Legal Sea Foods.

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AFLSE Boston: Bon Voyage Reception 2009
Friday, 07/17/09 at 6:00pm

Join us at the British Consulate General to welcome new students on their way to London.

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Tuesday, 06/30/09 at 12:00pm

The Annual Fund raises vital unrestricted funds to support scholarships, student services and facilities at the School.

This year the AFLSE benefits directly from your contribution.

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