Spring 2014 in Review: GDE Meets with Ugandan Ambassador

Ambassador Wonekha

Spring 2014 ASP student Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University) participated in the Global Development Enterprise track, working with two other team members on researching biofuels in Uganda.  As part of her internship with Values & Capitalism at the American Enterprise Institute, she met Ugandan ambassador Oliver Wonekha and set up a meeting with her for the GDE team.  GDE track director Gerry Hartis comments, “Nicole’s connection with Ambassador Wonekha is just one example of the opportunities that the Global Development Enterprise team has for engaging directly with leaders of the developing world here in Washington.”

“Ambassador Oliver Wonekha of Uganda was kind enough to meet with me to discuss the empowerment of Uganda’s women through investments in agriculture and energy,” Nicole said.  “She described the living conditions of rural families, the role of women in the country’s economy, and other pressing policy issues in Uganda. We look forward to sustaining this exciting relationship with the Ugandan Embassy.”

Spring 2014 in Review: Academics

What were ASP students up to last semester before we launched the blog? Here’s a brief overview of the Spring 2014 semester!

ASP joined the National Association of Evangelical's "Christian Student Leadership Conference" for a 45-minute Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a tour of the courtroom

ASP joined the National Association of Evangelicals’ “Christian Student Leadership Conference” for a 45-minute Q&A with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a tour of the courtroom.

Via skype, GDE students reported to their client on their preliminary research into sustainable biofuels in Uganda.

Via skype, GDE students reported to their client on their preliminary research into sustainable biofuels in Uganda.

GDE preparing to present their preliminary biofuels report

GDE preparing to present their preliminary biofuels report

ASP attended a lunch and lecture with Os Guinness, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute. Left to right: Peter Baker (PPI track director and ASP program director), Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University), Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College), Andrew Cleary (Biola University), and Gerry Hartis (GDE director and ASP faculty member)

ASP attended a lunch and lecture with Os Guinness, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Institute. {Left to right: Peter Baker (PPI track director and ASP program director), Nicole Noyes (Cedarville University), Hannah Wasco (Trinity Christian College), Andrew Cleary (Biola University), and Gerry Hartis (GDE director and ASP faculty member)}

PPI presented their Individual Policy Memos in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room.

PPI presented their Individual Policy Memos in a House Judiciary Committee hearing room.

PPI on the Hill after presenting their Individual Policy Memos

PPI on the Hill after presenting their Individual Policy Memos

GDE attended a conference on international development, hosted by Catholic University.

GDE attended a conference on international development, hosted by Catholic University.

During the middle week of the semester, wonderful group of ASP and WJC alumni spoke on a panel addressing "Beyond 9 to 5: Pursuing a Holistic Approach to Vocation."

During the middle week of the semester, a wonderful group of ASP and WJC alumni spoke on a panel addressing “Beyond 9 to 5: Pursuing a Holistic Approach to Vocation.”

Staff Spotlight: Gerry Hartis

Gerry Hartis

 

Gerry Hartis
Director of Business & Leadership Studies

Gerry spent his early career in the wilderness, literally.  His company provided outdoor experiential leadership education to schools and corporations.  Since 1991, Gerry and his wife Joanna have lived in the Washington metro area where he originally served as the Executive Director of a management consulting company and as an entrepreneur in energy, IT, and education.  Gerry joined the faculty of ASP in 2007 to teach courses related to the intersection of business and sustainable development to advance human flourishing.  Gerry and Joanna enjoy the vibrant urban scene of Washington and its easy access to their favorite outdoor activities–kayaking, biking, hiking.

Fall 2013 in Review: Global Development Enterprise

Last semester, GDE worked with World Vision to develop a strategy to market a training manual for very poor farmers.  This was a follow-up to a USAID-funded project in which Spring 2012 GDE students developed the manual on helping these farmers work together to bring their product to global markets.

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ImageGDE students Brett Woods (Missouri Baptist University), Christopher McGee (Biola University), Shayla Wakumoto (Biola University), Devin Proctor (Gordon College), Stephanie Grossoehme (Olivet Nazarene University), and Dirk Oudman (Dordt College) outside World Vision’s DC headquarters

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