Sponsored by The University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS); The Center for Global and Public Health, College of Nursing; The Career Center.
Co-sponsor by: The Center for Global Leadership, Villanova School of Business
Careers in international relief and development are becoming increasingly competitive. Now more than ever it's important for students to be aware of the range of opportunities in the field; the specific education, skills, languages, and experience they will need; and get practical advice on how to get a foot in the door.
The first annual Global Development Day: A Roadmap to Your Career on Tuesday, April 2, 1-5:30 p.m. in the Connelly Center will address these concerns. An opening panel of experts at 1 p.m. will be followed by 35-minute rotating breakout sessions from 2-5:30 p.m. The breakout sessions will include representatives from NGOs, USAID, advocacy organizations, and venture philanthropy
The day will provide an overview of the changing nature of the field of international development and the range of options available to students in business, engineering, health, and the liberal arts and sciences.
|1:00 PM-2:15 PM
Overview: International Development As a Career Field
|2:30 PM – 5:15 PM
(All Breakouts Repeat: 2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:40 p.m.)
|Table 1||Humantarian Engineering: Career Options
Presenter: Dennis Warner, Ph.D., Global Consultant: Water Supply, Sanitation and Resources Development
|Table 2||Advocacy: Joining Voices, Changing Policies, Making a Difference
Presenter: Larry Hollar, Bread for the World Senior Regional Organizer Eastern Hub States
|Table 3||Global Health
Presenter: Shannon Senefeld, Ph.D.,
CRS Global Director of Health and HIV
|Table 4||Venture Philanthropy, The Acumen Fund: Combining the Best of Charity and Markets to Tackle Global Poverty
Presenter: Sean Moore, Acumen Fund Senior Portfolio Associate
RESOURCE AREA: 2:30-5:30 p.m. - STAFFED TABLES
In the Resource Area, students can access the range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered by Villanova. Representatives from graduate programs in international development and NGOs will be on hand to meet about further study, internships, overseas volunteer opportunities, and employment.
Chandreyee Banerjee was recently named Catholic Relief Services Country Representative for Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. She joined CRS in 1995 and has held a number of overseas positions including: Country Representative, Chief of Party, Regional Director, Program Manager, Human Resource Advisor, and Emergency Response Advisor in Lesotho, Kenya, Indonesia, Myanmar, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, North Sudan, and India.
Ms. Banerjee coordinated the Indian Ocean Tsunami response from CRS headquarters in Baltimore. She also spearheaded the CRS headquarters-based Regional Representation Team for South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
She has a M.A. in Rural Development from Xavier’s Institute of Social Services, Ranchi, India and a B.A. in Geography from St. Xavier’s College.
Sean Moore is a Senior Portfolio Associate in the New York office of Acumen Fund where he focuses on global portfolio initiatives, investee relationships managed out of the New York office, and sourcing new investment opportunities for the organization. Specifically, Sean is the relationship manager for d.light (an investee in the energy portfolio), manages a loan guarantee facility in partnership with USAID, and is a member of the working group responsible for raising Acumen Fund’s second impact investment capital fund. In 2011, Sean spent 7 months in Accra, Ghana helping to set up Acumen’s West Africa office and building its investment portfolio there.
Sean graduated from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 with a BSBA in Finance, Accounting and International Business, and then worked as an investment-banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch where he focused on Asset Managers and Depository Institutions. After completing the analyst program, Sean spent two months volunteering and traveling in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa before joining Acumen Fund.
Tracy O’Heir is a Disaster Operations Specialist with the Office of U. S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the U. S. Agency for International Development. Ms. O’Heir currently covers the “Three Areas” in the Sudan portfolio for OFDA, managing funds to NGOs and International Organizations that are responding to humanitarian crises in the area.
She started her career as a humanitarian worker with the Jesuit Refugee Service in South Sudan from 2002-2004, and later worked in South Sudan for Catholic Relief Services from 2006-2009. From 2009-2011, she served as the Senior Program Manager for Disaster Response for InterAction, the largest alliance of US-based international NGOs. During her time at InterAction, Ms. O’Heir worked on a variety of humanitarian responses and complex emergencies including Haiti, Sudan, DRC, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, working with NGOs, the U. N. and other international organizations to ensure the best responses possible.
She has also worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda. Ms. O’Heir graduated from Fordham University with a M. A. in International Political Economy and Development in 2006. She speaks Arabic and also studied in Egypt at the American University in Cairo in 2005.
Larry Hollar is Bread for the World’s Senior Regional Organizer for the Eastern Hub States. In that role he works with churches, campuses and groups in four states to animate learning and grassroots advocacy action toward our nation’s leaders, urging them to improve policies and programs related to hunger at home and abroad.
Educated in modern languages, law, and theological and biblical studies, Hollar has also worked as staff counsel for a congressional committee, attorney in a cabinet-level federal government department, and as a Washington-based government relations staff member for Bread for the World.
Hollar edited Hunger for the Word: Lectionary Reflections on Food and Justice (Liturgical Press), three volumes of weekly hunger-oriented reflections. He also taught mission and evangelism at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.
In her role as Catholic Relief Services’ Global Director of Health and HIV, Dr. Senefeld manages CRS’ health and HIV unit and staff. She guides the agency’s work on issues relating to psychosocial support programming, mental and behavioral health and child well-being.
She previously served CRS as Senior Technical Advisor for HIV and AIDS, a role in which she ensured the quality of CRS’ HIV and AIDS programs around the world.
Dr. Senefeld began her career with CRS in Haiti in 2000. During her three years there, she was a member of the senior management team and directed three programmatic areas including AIDS, emergencies and monetization. She then moved to CRS’ Southern Africa Regional Office, based in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she was responsible for the quality of HIV and AIDS programs in seven countries. After completing a temporary assignment in Eastern Europe, Dr. Senefeld returned to CRS headquarters. She travels to and works on HIV programs throughout Africa, Central America and Asia.
She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Washington, DC. She earned two Master’s degrees, one in international development from George Washington University and one in clinical health psychology from Argosy University. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and French from Indiana University.
Dennis Warner was Catholic Relief Services’ Senior Technical Advisor for water supply, sanitation and water resources development until his retirement. He now serves as a consultant. Dr. Warner has over forty years of experience in international development, working on problems of water supply, sanitation, environmental health and emergency relief assistance. Raised in the Chicago area, he studied history and engineering at the University of Illinois where he earned a BA, BSc and MSc degrees, and at Stanford University where he obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering.
Dr. Warner has lived in Tanzania, Uganda, Switzerland and France and has held positions with the Peace Corps, the University of Dar es Salaam, Duke University, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, USAID and several engineering consulting firms.