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[Salzburg] Salzburg Global Seminar Newsletter, May 2013
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Above Us Only Sky: Finite Planet, Infinite Potential

We’re singing in the rain here in chilly Salzburg but gearing up for a wonderful summer. June will bring distinguished speakers and guests to our annual Gala Board Weekend under the theme Above us only sky: finite planet, infinite potential. Discussions will straddle our new program clusters on Imagination, Sustainability and Justice, and connect perspectives from space, dance, boardroom, courtroom and parliament. 
Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response and herself a Salzburg Global Fellow, will question how we can adapt to a richer but more fragile and volatile world. Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Ariane Koek, creator of the Collide@Cern Artists' Residency program at the world's largest particle physics laboratory, will probe for common ground between scientists, inventors and artists. Business models, international trade and the limits to capitalism-as-usual will come under the spotlight with Jim Bacchus, former chair of the WTO Appellate Body, and Jan-Ernst de Groot, TNT Managing Director - External Affairs and chair of the Hivos Foundation and Wetlands International. Liz Thompson, former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados and Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, will debate governance for sustainability with Georgios Kostakos, focal point for water diplomacy at the Hague Institute for Global Justice. 
As Michelangelo once said: “The greatest risk to man is not that he aims too high and misses, but that he aims too low and hits.” 
The weekend will also see the Salzburg opening of the US Embassy in Austria’s exhibition honoring the 175th Anniversary of U.S.-Austrian Diplomatic Relations hosted by US Ambassador William C. Eacho. At Salzburg Global, we extend a huge thanks to our Library Interns who trawled through our 65 years’ worth of archives to contribute to the exhibition!
- Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Program and Development Spotlight

LGBT and Human Rights:
New Challenges, Next Steps

Salzburg Global's session on LGBT and Human Rights starts this Sunday afternoon, June 2 and runs until the evening of Thursday, June 6.

The UN's human rights office recently posed this riddle: “What exists in every corner of the world, is embraced and celebrated in some countries, but is illegal in 76, and is punishable in seven countries by the death penalty?” Answer: being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues and human rights have been rising steadily up the international agenda.  While the sphere of the law in an increasingly interconnected world provides an essential frame of reference, underlying cultural value systems need to be taken into consideration. No longer defined by conventional Western/non-Western divides, the meanings given to LGBT equality - in such diverse debates as those of a society's moral fiber, political belief system, specific history or social health - fluctuate greatly.

This seminar will bring together 60 participants from all regions of the world, 40 of them from non-Western countries, and, reflecting Salzburg Global's increasingly interdisciplinary approach, these new Fellows will come from diverse professional or civic backgrounds where law and culture intersect.  Topics will cover the rule of law, international institutions and LGBT human rights; culture and resilience; the globalization of LGBT human rights in the face of growing homo- and transphobia; violence and trauma; the impact of the corporate and philanthropic sectors on LGBT issues; queer film-making; global transgender issues; and the relationship between religion and LGBT communities.

You can follow and join in all the discussions online on Twitter (#SGSlgbt), see daily photos on Facebook, watch our interview clips on YouTube and read the daily session reports and blogs on our website.

A Salzburg Statment on the next steps to be taken in realizing LGBT human rights will be published from the session and will then be presented to the United Nations and the Council of Europe, as well as other relevant bodies in the coming months.


Meet our new Development Team!

After a number of months of searching for the perfect fit, George Zarubin joined Salzburg Global as our new Vice President and Chief Development Officer this Monday.  George comes to Salzburg Global from the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, which he co-founded and served as President for the past five years at its headquarters in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

He joins our team at a pivotal moment as Salzburg Global works to strategically re-position itself for a successful future.  Welcoming George to the team, Salzburg Global President and CEO Stephen Salyer said: “We are thrilled to have George join our team. George brings a wealth of experience and passion for development that we look forward to harnessing for Salzburg Global. For this position, we mounted an international search process and received a very large number of applications. George’s experience and contacts across Europe and in the United States made him stand out, as did his knowledge of program development. As George joins the team, he will play a vital role in helping to lead our new strategy and amplify the impact of our programs. We’re glad to have such a driving force on board.” he added.

George says he is "look[ing] forward to embracing the challenges that lay ahead of us as we work to amplify our impact beyond the gates of our Salzburg home of Schloss Leopoldskron, through fostering new and continuing collaboration and nurturing new leadership through our global networks and partners.” George especially appreciates the transformative experience Fellows often undergo during sessions at Salzburg Global, having been a participant himself in the seminar ‘Fostering University Research and Innovation Management: Strategic Areas for Action’ in April 2006.

George will lead the Development Team in both Washington, DC and Salzburg, currently consisting of Karen Schofield-Leca, Director of US Philanthropic Partnerships and Renee Hickman, Individual Giving Manger, and soon to be joined by former Deputy Program Manager, Ben Glahn, who returns to the Salzburg family after a number of years with the Aga Khan Foundation, to take up the role of European Development Director.

Open for Registration

Getting to Grips with Obesity

The annual Fellows event at Chateau Klingenthal takes place June 14-17 and will address the growing global epidemic, obesity, in typical multi-disciplinary Salzburg fashion.

Salzburg Global Fellows, from the worlds of health and nutrition, government and politics, education, environment and development, sport, and the food industry - as well as lively critics of all sectors, are invited to this idyllic French castle to start the conversation that will lay the groundwork for a possible future series at Salzburg Global Seminar to explore different aspects of what is turning into a major challenge of the 21st century.

The fee is 150 EUR (50 EUR per night). More info here.

Out of the Shadows: Regulation for the Non-Banking Financial Sector

Salzburg Global is continuing its program on financial regulation this summer with a session entitled 'Out of the Shadows: Regulation for the Non-Banking Financial Sector' at Schloss Leopoldskron from August 19-22, 2013. This is the third session in the Salzburg Forum on Finance in a Changing World series, and will be chaired by Douglas Flint, CEO of HSBC, and Sarah Dahlgren, Head of the Bank Supervision Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A draft agenda and a list of speakers are available on the session web page.
Salzburg Global Fellows receive a 50% discount on the fee, so if you are interested, please register online.

Africa's Growth Engine: Breaking Down Barriers to Rural Enterprise Development

Despite a broad range of natural and human resources, rural poverty in Africa persists. Unless improvements are made to enable new enterprise to develop and to allow entrepreneurs to operate more easily, moving mass number of people out of poverty in rural Africa will remain an enormous challenge and much of Africa’s potential will go unrealized.

Working in cooperation with multilateral, international, and national/local institutions, this seminar, October 5-10, will provide a platform to identify opportunities to connect and scale successful interventions across the African continent (North and Sub-Saharan). For more information and to apply, click here.
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