Stephen Andersen "Working in Africa: a Peace Corps Volunteer on Leave-of-Absence from Corporate America"

  • 10 Oct 2008
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Wolfert's Roost Country Club, Albany NY

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"Working in Africa: the Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer on Leave-of-Absence from Corporate America"

Stephen Andersen, PMP, MS, MBA
Micro Enterprises

Based on his 2 year Peace Corps service as a ‘small & medium business volunteer’ in Mali Africa, Mr. Andersen will share insights gained in his work with government ministries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and businesses. He supported the national microfinance program and the foreign investment bureau, secured funding for the first commercial scale solar oven in the country, and created a direct aid relationship between people with disabilities in NY and Mali. He also interviewed a small businessman in Africa’s largest slum, and studied elephants on an ecotourism safari.

His talk will include photos and stories, and will focus on:
- The experience of a mature volunteer in the  Peace Corps
- Life in Africa
- Key cultural factors for successfully working in Africa

Stephen Andersen is a Certified Project Manager with IBM. He has experience managing complex information systems projects for both corporate and government clients and has 22 years of experience in project management and information systems development. He took a 2 year leave-of-absence from IBM to volunteer in Mali, Africa for the US Peace Corps. There, he received training on how to live and work in Africa.


Members pay $15; Late Registrants & Non-Members $20.  A business dress code and reservations are required.  Online payment is preferred.

 
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