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Past Global Scholars/Practitioners in Residence

Global Scholar and Practitioner, fall 2014

Derek Wilson is a Professor at the University of Nantes, France and a graduate of the LL.B. program at the University of Glasgow. He has worked for multiple law firms in Edinburgh, Scotland. Derek was affiliated with the Drake Law School fall 2014.  He taught a course on “Scottish Separatism:  The Referendum of 2014,” engaged professors, students and community members affiliated with the Law School, advised Drake International on engaging with Université de Nantes, and offered public lectures.

Global Practitioner, spring, 2014

Kavilash Chawla, principal of Nur Advisors, LLC, is an international finance and corporate strategy expert whose career is focused on the productive and ethical deployment of investment capital in growth and emerging markets.  He has lived and worked in five different continents, including working in the Middle East since 2004, where he has been involved in global and local efforts to alleviate poverty through market and enterprise based solutions.  Kavilash earned his BA in Economics, History, and Political Science at Drake University, his Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

During the spring of 2014, Kavi was affiliated with the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of International Programs. He taught “Leading Organizations for Global Impact”; engaged in collaborative research with professors and students in the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences; advised Drake International on opportunities for engagement in the Middle East; and offered public lectures through the PFGCGC and other venues in the Greater Des Moines area.

Global Scholar, 2012-2013

Dr. Inés Rojas is Associate Professor of English and International Organizations at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. She received her BA in English Literature and Language and her Masters in Linguistics from Universidad de Los Andes. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship 2002-2004 to attend Georgia State University where she obtained a Master and a PhD in Political Science. Her research interests include regime transition, the impact of democratization on women’s organizing and participation, gender policy reform, and the impact of third-party intervention in conflict resolution. Her main areas of teaching are International Organizations and Human Rights. She is currently a visiting scholar in the World Languages and Cultures Program of Drake University.