Dr. Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University (GW) and a former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, visited Ghana from June 10 through 12. He was accompanied by Lori Cwalina, GW’s Assistant Vice President for Development at the Elliott School of International Affairs and Alumni. The purpose of their trip was to strengthen partnerships with GWU alumni and to meet with distinguished interlocutors from academia and other sectors to exchange ideas on advancing academic engagements and opportunities.
On June 11, Dr. Brigety visited the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) of Ghana, where he was welcomed by the founder Dr. Charles Mensa and Executive Director Mrs. Jean Mensa. At the IEA, Dr. Brigety participated in a roundtable discussion on U.S.-Africa relations joined by former President of Ghana, His Excellency John Mahama, and Ambassador Robert P. Jackson. Earlier in the day, he visited Webster University, where he was welcomed by Campus Director Christa E. Sanders, faculty, and students.
In two separate meetings with journalism and public relations students from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and alumni from the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center (YALI/RLC) program, Dr. Brigety exhorted them to promote development through their own immense talents and contributions, especially by empowering youth, women, and girls and promoting private sector growth, good governance, and transparency. The day concluded with an evening reception hosted by Ambassador Jackson in honor of Dr. Brigety, Ghanaian GW alumni, and distinguished guests.
Dr. Brigety concluded his visit to Ghana with a visit to the Elmina and Cape Coast castles on June 12. To learn more about George Washington University, please see: https://www.gwu.edu/. See Facebook album of visit here.