Sabine U. O'Hara is the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) and Land-grant Programs for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). As Dean of CAUSES, she is responsible for academic, research and community outreach programs in the tradition of land-grant universities, and is leading UDC’s efforts to build a cutting-edge model for Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability that improves the quality of life and economic opportunity for urban populations.
Dr. O'Hara earned a doctorate in environmental economics and a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. She serves on the board of directors of several national and international organizations including as past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, International Advisory Board member of King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, and editorial board member of several academic journals. Dr. O’Hara is a respected author, researcher and higher education executive, and is well known for her expertise in sustainable economic development, global education and executive leadership.
Miguel García Winder holds an undergraduate degree in Animal Husbandry, a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, as well as a PhD in Physiology of Reproduction from the University of West Virginia.
During his career he has held various positions within academia, the public sector, the private sector and international cooperation, he has served on various committees, and in national and international organizations dedicated to agriculture and livestock.
For 12 years he has worked at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture where he has served as Director of Agribusiness and Commercialization, Director of the Marketing Program, Program Director of Agribusiness Competitiveness.
Currently he serves as IICA Representative in the United States and Manager of the Center for Strategic Analysis for Agriculture (CAESPA) at IICA.
He has advised several graduate theses, published more than 40 articles in scientific journals. Has worked in various management positions in organizations, including being president of the Mexican Association of Animal Production, he has represented the Institute in various international forums, including the G20. His current interest is focused on achieving a competitive and sustainable agriculture to help reduce social inequalities and improve the living conditions of society in general. During his career he has received several awards for his work and contributions to agriculture and livestock.
Dr. Benjamin Branch is the Deputy Librarian at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston Jamaica. His tasks are Public, Outreach Services and Special Projects. He is active in working seek funding for UWI Mona Library and build research capacity. He is a librarian, scholar, data scientist, engineer and researcher. He has 15 years industry experience in technology and leadership experience in academia.
Dr. Benjamin Branch is the Deputy Librarian at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Aaron Korewa is the decision theater project coordinator at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University and security policy writer and blogger. In this role, Korewa works to identify and develop Decision Theater projects that illustrate the Decision Theater’s ability to visualize complex problems and produce better solutions.
Korewa also writes for the Stockholm Free World Forum, The Atlantic Council and Svenska Dagbladet, a major Swedish newspaper. His primary focuses are Eastern European and Nordic Security, the Ukrainian conflict and Russia. He is the editor of a Swedish blog, “Natobloggen” that discusses the importance of NATO-membership. He has published reports and several op-eds in a number of publications, in addition to acting as a commentator on both American and Swedish security policy podcasts and Polish television.
Before joining the Institute, Korewa worked as a political adviser to the former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt.
Korewa is a native speaker of English, Swedish and Polish. A native of Sweden, he currently resides in Washington.
Aaron Korewa, Project Coordinator, Decision Theater , McCain Institute, Arizona State University
Sinclair Skinner is Co-Founder of BitMari, the largest Pan-African Bitcoin wallet provider that is using blockchain technology to open doors of financial inclusion and economic empowerment. BitMari has been among the most successful bitcoin companies in Africa and is the first to partner with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to lower remittance fees across the Diaspora.
Under his leadership, the company launched the first ever blockchain based accelerator for women farmers in Africa. The accelerator targets Zimbabwean women farmers to use Bitcoin as a digital coupon and connects farmers to direct investment with smart contracts.
Mr. Skinner, is not only dedicated to disrupting traditional methods of banking that leave communities powerless but is laser-focused on disrupting traditional education systems that fail to expose youth to cutting-edge technology in cryptocurrency. In 2017, BitMari kicked off the first-ever Transatlantic bitcoin and blockchain tour to over 20 colleges and universities. Each stop included focus group discussions, fintech hackathons, and tech job recruitment.
Prior to BitMari, for over two decades Mr. Skinner strategically organized and lead movements for those disenfranchised politically. As an early adopter of bitcoin, he formed the African American Super PAC, 1911 United Political Action Committee, and became the first to accept bitcoins for contributions.
With the creation of the first Black Bitcoin Summit launching in DC, Skinner hopes that he can bring national and international voices together across the diaspora to help solve issues permeating through communities of color through the use of technology and blockchain.
His vision is to not just ease the pain of financial dependence and economic uncertainty, but bring an end to that pain by offering more monetary control to the people.
BitMari has expanded to eight other African nations, as well as the U.S., Japan, Canada, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, and China and global investments support development efforts in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa.
Sinclair Skinner, Co-Founder of BitMari
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