2019 St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture

image of STVC lecture book, I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

Thursday, September 19

Each year the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration begins with an academic symposium or lecture examining an important issue in today's society. In keeping with the purpose of celebrating the legacy of St. Thomas of Villanova, Catholic Social Teaching is a featured perspective.

Speaker: Martin Ganda '07 CLAS, author of I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, a compelling dual memoir in which Martin and co-author Caitlin Alifirenka recount how they became best friends--and better people--through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Connelly Center, Villanova Room

2019 Guest Lecturer: Martin Ganda '07 CLAS

Photo of Martin Ganda
Photo of Martin Ganda

Martin Ganda '07 CLAS, is the New York Times Bestselling author of his memoir I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives. 

Martin is an African advisor, strategist and investor who has worked at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in New York. He graduated from Villanova University  with dual degrees in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a MBA from Duke University, where he was the President of the Business in Africa Club. 

He is the president and co-founder of Seeds of Africa Fund. Martin is passionate about social and economic empowerment in Africa through social development and leveraging the power of finance.