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Distinguished Speaker – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Distinguished Speakers Program 

“The Evolving American Muslim Identity”

A Community Discussion with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Wednesday, October 21st – 7:30 pm 

Cost: $10 for Non-Members/ Free for Members & Students

DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom

Imam Rauf - photo by Enid Bloch (3)Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the Chairman of The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith, international organization dedicated to improving Muslim relations with the West. He served as Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a mosque in New York City, from 1983 to 2009. His three books on Islam and its place in contemporary Western society include Moving the Mountain. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, Imam Feisal sits on the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, advises the Interfaith Center of New York, and belongs to the World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders (Islamic-West dialogue). A leading voice of moderation, Imam Feisal has participated regularly in the Council on Foreign Relations and appeared at the World Economic Forum (Davos). Major media have quoted him extensively, BBC, CNN, Frontline Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many more. 

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“Rural Development Solutions in Central America Policies and Practices”

Business Luncheon Series 

“Rural Development Solutions in Central America Policies and Practices”                   

Call the Council to RSVP today (406)728-3328 

Roundtable luncheon with

Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director – EcoViva

Thursday, September 10th ~ 11:30am -1:00pm              

First Interstate Bank, Executive Board Room – Downtown Branch 

$20/Members – $30/Non-Members – Space is limited    

karolo_aparicio_2012-06-14-e1416355313527Karolo Aparicio is the executive director of EcoViva, an 18 year-old nonprofit organization with deep ties to grassroots social movements in El Salvador that grew out of peace-building efforts following the Salvadoran Civil War. 

Today, Ecoviva works in partnership with community-led organizations in Central America organized to achieve environmental conservation and economic development. EcoViva provides assistance to their partners’ initiatives in diversified agriculture, rural infrastructure, youth leadership development, climate change adaptation, and enviornmental conservation. They embrace a collaborative and democratic approach to development that seeks to reconcile what are often considered competing priorities of economic developmetnn and environmental sustainability. 

Karolo has an MBA from San Francisco State University and also holds an MA in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining EcoViva, he was in leadership roles at the Global Fund for Women, the Sierra Club and International Rivers. 

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Roundtable Business Luncheon Series Sponsored by First Interstate Bank

Roundtable Business Luncheon Series Sponsored by First Interstate Bank 

With Guest Speaker Dr. Andy David Israeli Consul General 

When: Tuesday, August 4th, 11:30am- 1:00pm

Where: First Interstate Bank Executive Board Room, Downtown Branch

Cost: $20 for Members/ $25 for Non-Members

Space is limited, call to RSVP today 406-728-3328 or email info@montanaworldaffairs.org

unnamedDr. Andy David, Israeli Consul General

Dr. Andy David began his appointment as Israel’s Consul General to the Pacific North-West in August 2012. In his last position he served as a policy advisor to the Foreign Minister. 

Since initiating his diplomatic career in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, he has held domestic positions including: Central Asian Countries Coordinator, the Euro-Asia Department, (1999); Political Counselor and head of the Euro-Asia section in Israel’s Agency for International Cooperation (2002-2004), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Deputy Spokesman (2008-2011). His overseas appointments include the positions of Deputy Head of Mission in Azerbaijan (1999 – 2001); Deputy Head of Mission in Hong-Kong (2001 -2002), And Deputy Consul General in Chicago and the Midwest (2004-2008). Dr. David has lectured at many universities in Israel and in the US, and pioneered a new cooperation initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs In the field of Homeland Security together with different agencies at the federal, state and local levels in the US.

Dr. David was born in Romania and immigrated at the age of two with his family to Israel. He earned three degrees at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University: Doctor of Dental Medicine; Master of Science; and Bachelor of Medical Science, graduating magna cum laude. He then went on to lecture, instruct, research and practice for the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University and was also a Medical Advisor for DENX Medical Device Company in Israel. Dr. David spent three years in the Israel Air Force and in RAFAEL, the Ministry of Defense’s Armament Development Authority. He is a graduate of the Executive Combating Terrorism program at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.

Dr. David believes that the California coast-line is second only to Israel as the perfect place for windsurfing, of which he has been an avid fan since the age of 13. He and his wife Ayelet are the proud parents of three children; Shir, Ron and Mika.

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