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Christian Leaders Take on the United Nations

July 21, 2008

Regent Undergraduate Student James Rollins and professor Dr. Sandra Bryant

Regent Undergraduate Student James Rollins and professor Dr. Sandra Bryant

Regent Undergraduate Student James Rollins attend the ATHGO Global Governance Forum at the United Nations in New York, April 23-25, 2008. Regent Undergraduate School was invited to nominate students to attend this event focusing on Who Leads: Technology or a Distinct Mindset?

Rollins, a non-traditional Regent Undergraduate student was among 225 students and 17 faculty observers, representing over 100 academic institutions and 65 countries. Students attending were grouped and had to develop a proposal memoranda and a business model providing innovative approaches to addressing a particular aspect of the forum theme. On the final day of the forum, each group will be asked to present either its policy memorandum or business model on one of the participant panels.

Rollins was a member of the Award Winning Business Model team for this forum for this Waste to Energy BioMass product in Uganda. Winning business models and proposals are forward to ATHGO's research center for further review and research.

Dr. Sandra Bryant, Assistant Professor for Organizational Leadership and Management, with years of governmental experience at the national, state and local levels served as the faculty observer representing the Undergraduate School.

The forum was co-sponsored by the United Nations University, New York Office, the Forum will have the patronage of the UN Permanent Missions, corporate sector leaders, and academic institutions worldwide. The forum's objective is to underscore the affects of technological advancement on Global Governance and subsequently its shaping of overall business and political realities. Speakers included:

  • Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) who spoke about "global giving overseas is lacking in spite of the generosity of large corporations and private benefactors. Rather creative solutions that can come from groups like this to address social issues and economic theories can positively impact these regions."
  • H. E. Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon, Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations
  • H. E. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Mission of Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations
  • Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
  • Graciela Chichilnisky, Professor of Statistics at Columbia University, and UNESCO Chair of Mathematics and Economics.

Both Rollins and Bryant actively participated and engaged these speakers on leadership, globacity issues and those related to global governance.

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