Forum to examine emerging global economies

BOWLING GREEN, O.—A representative from the World Bank will be at Bowling Green State University Saturday (March 15) to discuss the international financial situation and opportunities presented by emerging economies. Dr. Kenneth Mwenda of Zambia, senior projects officer for private sector and finance in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region for the World Bank, will be the guest speaker at a forum organized by the Students Initiative for Global Competitiveness organization.

“Emerging Global Economies” will be held from 4-8 p.m. in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

A Rhodes Scholar and former visiting law professor in Europe and Africa, Mwenda holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Warwick (UK). He also holds law degrees from Oxford University and the University of Zambia as well as an MBA from the University of Hull (UK).

He has written 17 books in the fields of international and comparative corporate law and financial services regulation, including international economic law and higher education pertaining to legal studies. His other scholarly publications appear in many leading academic journals worldwide.

“Dr. Mwenda can give us a very wide scope on what's happening around the world and inform BGSU students about opportunities in emerging economies,” said Jake Gallardo, a senior from the Philippines majoring in international studies and an organizer of the forum. “The U.S. economy is struggling, but the situation is completely different in other countries. We want to encourage students to look beyond the United States. There are so many exciting opportunities in countries such as Brazil, India, China and Europe. Even in the Middle East, new universities are aggressively looking for students from other countries, especially the United States.”

The Students Initiative for Global Competitiveness is a BGSU organization that seeks to inspire a new generation of students who can compete and collaborate globally. The College of Arts & Sciences and its Board of Advocates are sponsoring the student-led forum.

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Media Contacts: For more information, email Gallardo at jakemg@bgsu.edu or contact Bonnie Blankinship, Marketing and Communications, at 419-372-2618.

(Posted March 10, 2008 )