UC Davis Humphrey Newsletter - Fall 2015

Global Leadership Forum, Washington, DC: October 2015

US CapitolTwelve UC Davis Humphrey Fellows, along with 155 other Humphrey Fellows representing 90 countries, attended the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Global Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. The Global Leadership Forum is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and organized by the Institute of International Education. This years’ forum focused on “Resilience in the Face of Climate Change: A Global Perspective on Leadership”. During the five-day conference, topics focused on global warming and the impact globally, nationally and within Fellows’ professions. Fellows also received leadership training and had the opportunity to network with leaders in the field and as well as with their peers.

UC Davis Humphrey Fellows, Harum Mukhayer (Sudan) and Muhammad Ahmad (Pakistan), gave a presentation on behalf of the UC Davis cohort. Their presentation, "Facing Climate Change with Imagination and Hope", worked to instill hope and challenged everyone to implement change back in their home countries. They gave personal experiences about the effects that climate change has in their home countries and provided solutions at the global level that coincided with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), policy and enforcement on the national level in regards to sustainable land and water management and energy efficiency, including ways individuals can reduce transport emissions and conserve energy.

Reception

One of the forum highlights was diplomatic reception in the historic Benjamin Franklin room of the U.S. Department of State. The Executive Vice Presidentof the Institute of International Education, Jaye Chen, and Evan Ryan, the assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs spoke at the reception. Fellows had the great opportunity to network with each other plus diplomats and professionals from across the globe.