HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2013 EVENTS

 
  • Chinese Taipei: EF’s 60th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the Chinese Taipei's EF Alumni Association were cause for celebration on October 14 in Taipei. EF President John Wolf traveled to attend the event held at Chinatrust Commercial Bank Headquarters. Dignitaries offering remarks included President of the Alumni Chapter Hsu Shui-teh, ’78, former Prime Minister and Vice President Vincent Siew, ’85, Secretary General of China Education Association for International Exchange Shao Wei, and Ambassador Wolf.

  • Europe: Belgium, the Czech Republic, the European Commission, Germany, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden welcomed EF trustees and staff who traveled in late September and early October to those countries. The emphasis on consequential outcomes, the lifelong nature of the fellowship, a 2014 Innovation Program, and Women’s Conference planned for May 2014 were among the topics discussed by trustees Governor Christie Whitman and Nathan Hayward and EF staff Dan Geisler and Diane Shoemaker. Fellows from the 1960s through the 2010s joined those from EF HQ to share in ideas, ask questions and plan for the future of EF.

  • India: The Indian Fellows celebrated in style on October 21, 2013 at Delhi's prestigious India Habitat Centre. In a packed Stein Auditorium, including over 500 guests and 20 Eisenhower Fellows, discussions encompassed “India's Journey to 2018”, with a keynote address by the renowned Nandan Nilekani, and a panel discussion of young Members of Parliament. At the start, EF President John Wolf launched the website for India’s alumni Eisenhower Fellows, at http://ef-india.org/. He delivered a brief address on the global nature of EF.

  • Italy: More than 130 participants joined Italian Fellows at the Center for American Studies in Rome to celebrate on October 21. Il Post, European Publishing Council, Online News Association, Wired Italia, and LUISS University were represented on the discussion panels. USA Eisenhower Fellow John Della Volpe, ‘08, director of polling for Harvard University, provided the keynote lecture for the event. Isabella Splendore, ’11, led the Italian EF team in organizing the event with chapter President Giuseppe Cassano, ’67; Secretary-General Camilla Sebastiani, ’09; and Treasurer Alberto Bernardini, ’03.

  • Jamaica: One hundred and thirty six participants attended a luncheon held on December 2, 2013,  chaired by the honorable Richard Bernal, OJ, Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank. The 2013 event focused on discussions regarding Jamaica’s quest to capitalize on the widening of the Panama Canal by 2015 by becoming a logistics hub for the Caribbean region.  Eisenhower Fellow Solomon Cai Chenyu, '11, China and CEO of Globelink China Investments, gave the keynote address.   

     

  • Japan: Seven Eisenhower Fellows from Japan gathered for an informal dinner on December 3 to commemorate their fellowship experiences and exchange perspectives. 

  • Jordan: Chair of the Jordan EF alumni association Dr. Omar AlJazy, ’05, and his wife Dalia El Farouki warmly welcomed EF distinguished guests: EF trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Jim Hovey and his wife, Carol, as well as EF Vice President Dan Geisler and friends from Philadelphia. They hosted a special dinner to honor the guests including U.S. Ambassador Stewart Jones and Jordan’s Minister of Higher Education Amin Mahmoud, Jordanian Eisenhower Fellows, and their spouses. 
     
  • Latin America: The Fellows of Argentina, in collaboration with ICANA, coordinated the regional conference "Trends in Latin America - The Next Ten Years" from October 31 to November 1. The event brought participants from 10 countries to discuss the long-term scenarios for the Latin American region, from  political, economic and social perspectives. It also included a meeting of the Latin American Women's Network.

  • Netherlands: Fellows from seven European countries met September 27-29 in The Hague for the 2nd annual European Regional EF Day event. The Dutch Fellows led by Saskia Stuiveling, ‘86, Marjorie Bonn, ’01, and Emine Kaya, ’07, welcomed Fellows and their partners along with EF Chairman of the Executive Committee Governor Christie Whitman and EF Director of Alumni Diane Shoemaker. The program included a presentation on “big data” and a formal dinner at the Societeit de Witte keynoted by Mr. Arend-Jan Boehestyn, former Dutch Member of Parliament. Participants were also treated to a tour of the Hague and the Rijk Museum in Amsterdam.

  • New Zealand: The Fellows of New Zealand celebrated Eisenhower Day of Fellowship at the Auckland Museum on October 18, with a full-day event to increase EF’s profile, to inspire participants to be catalysts for new thinking about social investment, and to honor Fellow Greg King, ’12, who recently passed away. Seven New Zealand Fellows and one Australian Fellow participated in the event, with 57 others joining the festivities. Additional special guests included the Vice Chancellor of AUT University Derek McCormack, Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft, and American Consul General in Auckland Jim Donegan.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: EF HQ hosted a lunch in honor of 2007 Eisenhower Fellow from India Sanjeev Sanyal, who was traveling around the U.S. to promote his newest book: Land of the Seven Rivers.

  • Singapore/Malaysia: Fellows in Singapore and Malaysia hosted a regional conference “The Future of Urban Living” in collaboration with the Centre for Liveable Cities of Singapore. Approximately 30 Fellows & 100 guests attended, including three EF trustees: Derek Chilvers, Kimball Chen, and Alfonso Vegara, ’87, Spain. Welcoming the participants were President of the EF Singapore Alumni and Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Finance Soo Hoon Lim, ’04, Singapore, and EF President John Wolf. The conference presenters attempted to answer the question “How should urban living be managed to maintain and balance a high standard of living, sustainable environment and economic prosperity?”

  • To heighten awareness of EF, Shirlene Noordin, ’07, Singapore, organized a photo exhibit on cities at the Raffles mall which was open to the public for a month. In Malaysia, 1998 Malaysian Fellow Dato' Mohd Nor Khalid (or Lat as he is well-known) hosted a small group for dinner at his restaurant Lattown, which was described as “one of those unique unforgettable EF experiences”. A detailed conference summary is available here

  • St. Louis, Missouri, USA: From November 7-9, eighty Eisenhower Fellows from 20 countries gathered in St. Louis, Missouri to participate in the 2nd EF unConference and EF Day. Inspired by the remarks of leaders such as Senator Kit Bond (Republican from Missouri, 1987-2010), Dennis Muilenburg (Boeing), and EF trustee John McDonnell, Fellows and guests brainstormed ideas and engaged in conversations on new projects in an open space format led by EF Rick Mazjun, '11, USA. Prior to the unConference, the Alumni Council held a meeting and Monsanto hosted the Agriculture Fellows for a luncheon. Ameren CEO Warner Baxter and Senator Claire McCaskill (Democrat from Missouri) gave insights on leadership.