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Join us for the second talk in the Development Reimagined series, focused on the theme of innovative views on decolonizing development. This talk features Gary Dirks, PhD, director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the LightWorks at Arizona State University, and Paloma Mohamed Martin, PhD, vice chancellor-PACE (Philanthropy, Alumni, and Civic Engagement) at the University of Guyana. Dirks and Martin will examine the energy paradox of Guyana, the realities of energy extraction and production in the post-colonial environment of the country.
Before joining ASU, Dirks was the president of BP Asia-Pacific and the president of BP China. In China, he grew BP from an operation with fewer than 30 employees and no revenue to more than 1,300 employees and revenues of about $4 billion in 2008. Professor Dirks has served on the boards of the India Council for Sustainable Development, the U.S. China Center for Sustainable Development, and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development, and currently is a member of the Science Advisory Board of Conservation International.
Martin is professor of behavioral science and communications at The University of Guyana and Adjunct Professor of Cultural Diplomatics at Trent University. Dr. Martin has designed and led several major research projects, three of which have been focused on peace building initiatives. Her work in this regard has gained noted international attention. She still supervises research and teaches research methods, ethics and health behavior at The University of Guyana.