'Gender, Development and International Engagement'

Luther alumna Kamikazi to present lecture Jan. 12

Discussing her career in global development and human rights, Luther College alumna Cynthia Kamikazi, class of 2005, will present "Gender, Development and International Engagement," at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 362, on the Luther campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission, and is co-sponsored by Campus Programing and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

After studying psychology, business and French at Luther, Kamikazi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a certificate in international management students. She garnered a master's degree in theory and practice of human rights from the University of Essex in Colchester, United Kingdom. From 2002-10, she served as an advisor on human rights and development for the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland; was a human rights accountability project coordinator for the Lutheran World Federation; and was a human rights advisor for the National Human Rights Commission of Rwanda. In 2010, she joined the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization in Geneva, where she managed the southern advocates program.

Currently, Kamikazi is the Chief-Partnerships and Resource Mobilization lead for Gender, Women and Civil Society Organizations at the African Development Bank. In this role, she helped create an Africa-wide financing program for women's economic empowerment. Prior to holding this position, she was the interim manager for the Bank's office of the Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

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