As you know, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte is actively engaging the Queen City on significant issues impacting our world today through dynamic discussion, educational insight and thought-provoking dialogue.

Our upcoming WACC Speaker Series next month includes a discussion on the global economy and networks that create wealth, spread ideas and foster innovation regardless of traditional borders by Robert Guest, Global Business Editor of the Economist (London) on November 11. Registration is available online or by calling 704-68-7762.  

Upcoming WAC Charlotte Programs (December 2011)

With the holidays around the corner, the WAC Charlotte is closing out 2011 with the following topics: global population crisis, diplomatic relationships between Ireland and the United States in challenging times and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service in the world we live in today.

WACC Speaker Series

Werner Fornos
2011 Laureate UN Population Award and Founder of “Global Population Education”
The One Billion Food Crisis
Thursday, December 1  (Lunch Program – $ 30 member/$ 40 non-member rate; Westin Charlotte, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

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The U.N. projects that the world’s population will hit Werner Fornos is the founder of the nonprofit, Global Population Education, and has been in the forefront of the struggle to balance the world’s population with the world’s resources for more than 30 years. He is the 2003 laureate of the United Nations Population Award, the most prestigious award in the population field, and was awarded nine Paul Harris Fellowships from Rotary International. Previously, he served as president of the Population Institute, and was an assistant professor at George Washington University, heading the Global Population Information Program.  Mr. Fornos also served as a Maryland State legislator, holding administrative posts in state and national government and authored the book, “Gaining People, Losing Ground.”

The Magellan Society (Young Professionals of the WAC Charlotte) Co-Hosted together with the WAC Charlotte

Rye Barcott
Author of “It Happened on the Way to War,” Co-Founder of “Carolina for Kibera,” TED Fellow and Former U.S. Marine
Thursday, December 6  (Evening Presentation – $8 member / $ 12 non-member rate; CPCC Health Building, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
30% of the proceeds go to Carolina for Kibera

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In 2000, Rye Barcott spent part of the summer living in ten-by-ten-foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a twenty-year-old college student heading into the Marines and he sought to better understand ethnic violence—something he would likely face in uniform. Barcott learned Swahili and listened to young people talk about how they survived amidst poverty he had never imagined existed. He stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a tough community organizer, Salim Mohamed. It Happened on the Way to War is the gripping story of this unlikely trio’s journey to build a nongovernmental organization in a volatile place and help develop a new generation of leaders from within.

Rye Barcott co-founded the non-governmental organization Carolina For Kibera to prevent violence and empower youth through participatory development while he was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years in Iraq, Bosnia and the Horn of Africa.  He then earned master’s degrees in business and public administration from Harvard University, where he was a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, he lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter and works at Duke Energy.  It Happened on the Way to War, published by Bloomsbury, is his first book.

Ambassadors Circle Series

His Excellency Michael Collins
Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Charting a Course in Challenging Times
Thursday, December 8  (Lunch Program – $ 50 member/$ 65 non-member rate; Westin Charlotte, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

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Ambassador Michael Collins has served as Ireland’s ambassador to the United States since August 14, 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was the second secretary general (2001), Department of Taoiseach, with responsibility for international and European Union affairs and particularly the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

He entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as a third secretary on March 1, 1974.  Shortly after, he was assigned to serve at Ireland’s Embassy in Rome (1975) before being promoted to first secretary at headquarters (Anglo-Irish Division) in 1977.  Ambassador Collins also served at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York (1982) and at the headquarters’ political division (1986) before being appointed counselor (1990.) He served in the Anglo-Irish Division at headquarters, and in the agency’s press section, both in 1990. In 1993, he was transferred to the Irish embassy in Washington, D.C. before becoming Ireland’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Emirates in 1995. In 1999, Collins was made Ireland’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Born in Dublin June 25, 1953, he earned a BSc from Trinity College, Dublin in 1978, and attended Blackrock College’s Institute of Public Administration.

If you have questions about the upcoming programs, please e-mail or call 704-687-7762.