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June 2015

  • Tuesday, June 9th 'A Time for Action - the Way Forward for Ukraine'

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    Tuesday, June 9, 201512:00PM - 2:00PMGeorge Ignatieff Theatre
    15 Devonshire Place
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    Sir Suma Chakrabarti has been President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) since 2012. Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. Most recently he held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development (formerly the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) ) where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa. Sir Suma is notable for playing a key role developing the UK’s successful Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and worked with the European Commission in improving its programmes in the Middle East and North Africa. Sir Suma also worked in the late 1990s in the UK Treasury, where he was responsible for UK public expenditure, and in the early 2000s in the Cabinet Office, where he led on cross-departmental strategic issues and subsequently the management of the Cabinet agenda. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia and the Bucharest University of Economic Sciences.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Chrystia Freeland
    Chair
    Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre

    Sir Suma Chakrabarti
    Speaker
    President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


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  • Friday, June 12th The Arctic and the Himalayas: New Models of Cooperation

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    Friday, June 12, 201510:30AM - 12:00PMCouncil Chamber, 2nd Floor
    27 King’s College Circle
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    **PLEASE NOTE: all attendees for this event MUST be seated by 10:15 a.m. Latecomers may not be accommodated.**

    To register for this event, please send an e-mail to
    events.president@utoronto.ca or phone 416-946-0121.

    Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

    The fifth President of the Republic of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was born in Ísafjörður on 14 May 1943. His parents were Grímur Kristgeirsson and Svanhildur Ólafsdóttir Hjartar.

    Ólafur Ragnar matriculated from the Reykjavík Grammar School in 1962, took his BA degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Manchester in 1965 and completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the same university in 1970, becoming the first Icelander to earn a doctorate in this discipline.

    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was appointed a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Iceland in 1970 and created the foundations for the teaching of the subject, then a new addition to the syllabus of the university. In 1973 he was appointed the first Professor of Political Science at the same university and during the period 1970-1988 he built up the Political Science department. In most of his research he focused on the Icelandic governmental system, and on the smaller European democracies, participating with local and international experts in the field.

    Early in his career, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson began playing a role in public affairs in Iceland. For example, he directed radio and television programmes in the years 1966-1971 which were an innovation in mass media in Iceland and aroused a great deal of public attention. He was a member of the Young Progressives from 1966 to 1973 and was on the executive committee of the Progressive Party in the years 1971-1973. In 1974 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal-Left Alliance, taking a seat in the Alþingi as a deputy member in 1974 and 1975.

    From 1978 to 1983, Ólafur Ragnar served in the Alþingi as the People’s Alliance member for Reykjavík, and as the same party’s member for Reykjanes from 1991 to 1996. He was chairman of the parliamentary group of the People’s Alliance from 1980 to 1983 and chairman of its executive committee from 1983 to 1987. He was editor of the newspaper Þjóðviljinn from 1983 to 1985, and was elected Leader of the People’s Alliance from 1987-1995. In the years 1988-1991 he was Minister of Finance in a government headed by Steingrímur Hermannsson.

    Ólafur Ragnar has been active in various other societies and organizations. He was a member of the Economic Council from 1966 to 1968, the Broadcasting Council from 1971 to 1975. He was Chairman of the Icelandic Social Science Association in 1975, and a member of the board of Landsvirkjun, the leading power company of Iceland, from 1983 to 1988, and a Vice-Chairman of the Icelandic Security Commission from 1979 to 1991.

    He was a member of the Parlamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1981 to 1984 and again in 1995-1996, was a chairman of the preparatory committee for the Council of Europe conference ‘North-South: the Role of Europe’ in 1982-1984 and was Chairman and later President of the international organization Parliamentarians for Global Action from 1984 to 1990, serving on its council until 1996.

    Among many international awards he has received is the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize which he received on behalf of PGA. Ólafur Ragnar was a member of the committee of the Peace Initiative of Six Heads of State in the years 1984-1989, and was awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Ås (Norway) in 1997, the University of Manchester in 2001, by The State University of Ohio in 2009 and by Laval University (Québec) in 2015.

    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the author of a large number of academic articles that have appeared in both Icelandic and overseas periodicals.

    Speakers

    Judy Goldring
    Chair
    Chair of the Governing Council

    Professor Stephen J. Toope
    Moderator
    Director, Munk School of Global Affairs

    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
    Speaker
    President of Iceland



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