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Michael Carson: Working Abroad for a NGO in Economic Development

Date: 4:15pm - 5:15pm PDT October 31 Location: JR Howard Room 121

JR Howard Room 121

Michael Carson, the Executive Director of an Oregon-based NGO called CREATE!, will speak about his career promoting economic opportunity in the developing world. Based on his own long experience in Africa and elsewhere, Michael will explain how LC students can find their way to rewarding careers like his, working in non-governmental organizations abroad.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear how you too can be part of this exciting sector!

Michael is a non-profit executive who has devoted his career to social and economic development. He is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!), based in Eugene, Oregon. Michael’s technical assistance and strategic advice as an executive and consultant has helped transformed small businesses, community-led health clinics and schools, and agriculture enterprises in conflict settings and emerging economies. Under Michael’s leadership in Senegal, Africare transformed its development program by spearheading Africare’s successful return to the Casamance region, which was recovering from a twenty-five years old civil war, by starting agriculture, natural resource management and health initiatives. Michael has a certificate in non profit management from Stanford University’s Social Innovation Review, and a mid-career Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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