Keynote Speakers and Public Lectures
The panel discussions and keynote lectures are offered by leading scholars of several disciplines teaching at SUN, who will share their latest research, ideas and opinions. All these events are followed by a question and answer period when the speakers take and answer questions from the audience.
Public panel discussion on
"How Can Political WILL Overcome Bureaucratic WON'T?"
presented by the "Integrity in Political Society" SUN course
Date: 6 pm, Monday, July 5
Vaira Vďke-Freiberga, PhD, was President of the Republic of Latvia from 1999-2007. During her presidency, Dr. Vike-Freiberga was known for her role in Latvia’s NATO membership and its ascension to the European Union, which the country joined in 2004. She remains active in the international arena and continues to speak up in defense of liberty, equality and social justice, and for the need for Europe to acknowledge the whole of its history. She was most recently a candidate to fill the inaugural position of President of Europe arguing in favour of a more transparent and accountable election process including engagement with the citizenry of Europe.
Abdul Tejan-Cole is distinguished legal practitioner who has significantly contributed to the growth and development of the law in Sierra Leone. He worked as a trial attorney and appellate counsel in the Special Court for Sierra Leone and taught law at the University of Sierra Leone. He was the Anti Corruption Commissioner of Sierra Leone from December 2007 till May 2010, when he became the Africa Regional Director of Open Society Institute in New York.
Hadeel Qazzaz, ED, is specialist in education, gender, and development, has published research reports on development, gender equality, feminization of poverty, gender budgeting and has contributed to various human development and poverty reports in Palestine.
Fredrik Galtung, (Moderator), chief executive of Tiri-Making Integrity Work, based in London where politicians think little of asking the tax payer to reimburse them for their gardening expenses.
The collapse of Communism marked a new wave of democratisation around the world. Twenty years later, how healthy are democracies, new, old and those that were never quite given a chance? This panel brings together front row perspectives from Eastern Europe, West Africa and the Middle East; from the highest political office, a leading enforcement agency, and from civil society. The panel addresses one of the toughest democratic challenges, namely that of bureaucratic reform. How can political will overcome bureaucratic won't?
Lectures and panels will be followed by receptions.