International Focus Projects 

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We are working on a number of different projects and ways to connect across cultures in the Triangle and beyond. Please reach out if you would like to be actively involved through our volunteer network and committees or just COME ENJOY!

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 4 at 4 p.m. Global Diplomacy Dialogue 

Friday, September 25 at 4 p.m. E-Talk 

Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. Membership Social 

Friday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m. Global Diplomacy Dialogue

Past Events - Global Diplomacy Dialogue Series

Global Diplomacy Dialogue Series 

Guest speakers of the series are international leaders who have visited the Research Triangle area, and who will share their memories of their trip to North Carolina. These insightful conversations will take us to the latest news from their countries, and how they have been coping with the pandemic. Former International Focus’s Board Member Sean Maroney moderates these 60 minute dialogues.

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from Europe

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, Alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)

Featured: 

Marco Büttner, Head of Political Department of RTL Television, Germany
Wojciech Cegielski, Foreign News Correspondent, Polish Radio, Poland

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from the Asia Pacific Region

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, IVLP 

Featured: 

Maggie Boyle, Editor/Senior Multimedia Journalist, Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, Fiji
Patrick Crewdson, Editor-in-Chief, Stuff, New Zealand

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from Africa

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, IVLP 

Featured: 

Yvonne Tshepang Mooka, Correspondent, BBC Africa, Botswana 

Wycliffe Masinde Nangi, Radio Station Manager, Kenya

Kingsley D. Uranta, Assistant GM, Television, Nigeria

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from MENA Region

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, IVLP 

Featured: 

Ahmed El Jechtimi, Reuters Reporter. Morocco
Insaf Yahieoui Ben Zeineb, Journalist and Talk Show Host, Tunisia

 

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Social Entrepreneurs

Alumni of the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative (YLAI)

Featured: 

Lucila Dotto, People Consultant, KPMG, London, UK; Argentina

Jeffsky Poincy, Development Policy Specialist, Haiti;
Candidate, Master of Public Policy and International Development, Duke University, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Liz Tracy, Researcher, doctoral student, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Filmmakers from South Asia, IVLP 

Featured: 

Anwar Chowdhury, Independent Documentary Film Maker, Producer, Dhaka, Bangladesh

George Kolotov, Freelance Photographer, Kyrgyzstan, USA

Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, Independent filmmaker, Manipur, India

Uma Vangal Filmmaker, film professor, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Mediators from Belarus 

Alumni of the Community Connections program

Featured: 

Arsen Dzhanashia, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology
Mediator, Editor, Organization Committee of Minsk Mediation Fest, Mogilev, Belarus 

Aksana Shulha, Head of the Department of Clinical and Consulting Psychology
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mediator, Head of the Belarusian Leagues of Family Mediators, Belarusian State Pedagogical, University, Belarusian Leagues of Family Mediators, Minsk, Belarus

Frank Laney, Circuit Mediator, US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Global Diplomacy Dialogue on Satire, Art and Freedom of Speech, IVLP 

Featured: 

Masoud NYOMWA, Chief Editorial Cartoonist, Illustrator, Painter, Animator, Radio/TV Producer/Presenter, Mwananchi Newspaper, Tanzania 

  1. Cullum Rogers, Cartoonist and Writer, Durham, North Carolina 

Ernest Dollar, Executive Director, City of Raleigh Museum and Pope House Museum,Raleigh- Durham, North Carolina 

Past Events - E-Talk Series

E-Talks Series

This series focuses on local leaders and their impact across our state and beyond. Guests will reveal their thoughts, giving us further insight into their character and work towards the building of resilient communities. You will get to know inspiring voices working in the arts, academia, business, diplomacy, faith, law, politics, and much more.

 

Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Poetry and Healing

 

Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw Jr., Pastor of First Baptist Church, Raleigh and Chairman of The Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee 

Perspective on Current Civil Unrest

 

Burk Uzzle, Photographer 

Photography Hoping to Create a Better World

 

Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State

and

Liliana Palihovici, former MP and Deputy Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova 

The Longstanding Relationship Between North Carolina and the Republic of Moldova / Perspective on Women in Leadership

 

Jason Widen, Founding, Partner and CEO, Raleigh Founded – Previously HQ 

Strengthening Local Economies and Connecting Communities 

Coffee With Emerging Leaders

Monthly Jan-Nov

Coffee with Emerging Leaders is an intimate monthly event for International Focus members to meet and connect with International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegates. Visitors will informally introduce themselves, share professional objectives, and speak about their experience in their homeland and the US. Typically, the event draws about ten to fifteen attendees, allowing for direct exchange with diplomatic visiotors.

Come mingle with international visitors, leverage your connections around the world and be an IF Ambassador!

Citizen of the World Awards 2020

 

International Focus’ Citizen of the World Award honors individuals who have made a considerable contribution to international relations in the Triangle. The black tie event will showcase the area’s global cuisine and restaurants with each course prepared by a different renowned local ethnic chef.

 

2020 Dates TBA