Saturday, July 1, 2006
By: Swallehe Msuya
Mshale Publisher, Tom Gitaa, was unanimously elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center during a full board meeting held on June 20.
The Minnesota International Center is the nation’s sixth largest World Affairs Council and a leading institution in the promotion of global and cultural awareness in Minnesota including the Great Decisions meetings that allow citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. MIC has hosted ambassadors from Morocco, Belgium, France, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, China, the UK, and the Czech Republic among others. Last year it also hosted a panel discussion on the viability of Somalia as a viable state with the panel including the Bush Administration’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazier, US Senator Norm Coleman, former Somali Prime Minister Ali Galaydh and Somali ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Elmi Ahmed Duale.
Tom said he has great respect for MIC and “I look forward to working with them to increase their visibility even more”.
Others elected to the board include: Jeanne Carpenter, founder, Perception; Judith Frost Lewis;Eric Jackson, senior vice president, The Scoular Company; Rohan Kalbag, regional vice president, Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank; Doug Leatherdale; John Tuttle, director of operations, Haberman & Associates ; Avigya Karki , student representative.