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Global Youth: A Solution for Regional Development and Civic Engagement
Please join us for a very special evening with Lisa Hanna, Member of the Parliament of Jamaica and her country’s former Minister of Youth and Culture, in conversation with Dr. Basil A. Smikle Jr., Public Policy Program Director at Roosevelt House.
Lisa Hanna is a leader in the People’s National Party, a former Cabinet Minister of Youth and Culture, a Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a four-term elected member of Parliament for the constituency of South East St. Ann.
A humanitarian and thought-leader, and strong Jamaican woman, Ms. Hanna, grew from humble beginnings in Jamaica and holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Communications from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
During her career she has served as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador, reigned as Miss World 1993, and serves as Director of Lydford Logistics, Jamaica’s premier value-added agriculture and food processing facility. She is best-known as an activist committed to helping marginalized people, women, and at-risk youth—priorities she has championed since she was a teen. She also advocates for maximizing the export of value-added goods and services into the global economy with the aim of reducing income inequality in Jamaica.
Dr. Basil Smikle Jr. is Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Public Policy Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. He was appointed by former Governor David Paterson to serve as the Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential cycle where he was the “second highest ranking Democrat” in the State. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Education and an MPA from Columbia University and received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
This event will be held in person at Roosevelt House and online via Zoom.
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all who attend.