Brown Bag: Mkwasi Mcharo "Change Through Edu-technology and Diplomacy SpotBeam Project: A video-conferencing tool for innovative education in rural Africa"

23 April 2014
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Washington, DC
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Change Through Edu-technology and Diplomacy SpotBeam Project: A video-conferencing tool for innovative education in rural Africa.

Diaspora Diplomacy: An opportunity for African Diasporas to have an impact in their home countries

Bio: SpotBeam's founder, Mkawasi Mcharo Hall, has extensive experience and interest in innovative education, community development, cultivating leadership in youth, and pushing for opportunities for those on the fringes of society. Her first job was as a Marketing Executive for Royal Credit in Kenya, and later went on to become a Playwright and Stage Director with her productions staged in Kenya, Ethiopia, NY, MD and Washington, DC. Mkawasi moved to the US where she became a Leadership Instructor with the Leadership Program in NY; a performing arts Instructor at John Robert Powers School in Rockville, MD, and a Theatre Arts Lecturer at Southeastern University. She later became the Coordinator of the Washington Peace Center in Washington, DC where she developed a peace education curriculum for high schools. Her public service engagements in the leadership of the Kenyan Community Abroad have provided her with vast experience in networking, lobbying, and project initiation and management. As the first female president of the diaspora's largest organization and currently a member of its Board of Trustees, she's been involved in the evolving field of diaspora diplomacy where she has worked closely and voluntarily with think tanks, Embassies and other African Diasporas. Mkawasi is currently a Regional Competency and Culture Trainer who teaches US Military and diplomatic personnel before they are deployed to African counties. She has taught on the politics, history, current affairs and cultures of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, the Comoros, Seychelles and Mauritius. Opening the doors of mutual interest to worlds unknown for those on a mission to Africa is always a thrill. Mkawasi studied at University of Nairobi and Hunter College in New York where she earned a Masters in Theatre Arts. She hopes to take up graduate studies in Diplomacy at Norwich University.