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Daniel Don Nanjira has over 35 years of successful professional and academic background as a Diplomat, Teacher, Lecturer, Writer, Human Rights Advocate, and Expert on International Development and Global Negotiations of the United Nations system. He holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, transferred from the University of Nottingham, England; a B.A. and M.A. summa cum laude from the Universities of Lodz and Warsaw, Poland,and many other Academic Credentials, including Certificates of Advanced International Studies acquired from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies ( SAIS, Washington, D.C. : 1975 - 1977 ).
Most of his training, lecturing, courses and other academic engagements date back to 1973, and have been conducted in Colleges and Universities in Africa, Europe and USA. Dr. Don Nanjira is originally from Kenya. He is proficient in a number of languages. He is fluent in his native Vernacular ( Luhya ) and Swahili languages, and several other languages and dialects spoken in Kenya and East Africa. He is also fluent in English and Polish, and can communicate in other languages, including in Italian and French. He was a student of classical studies, studied Greek and Latin, and translated for seven years, many classical works like Cicero's, Vergil's, Homer's, and works on Caesar .
Dr. Don Nanjira held progressively responsible positions in the Kenya Government, and has an employment record in the Kenyan Foreign Service extending over a period of 25 years, during which time he served as a diplomat and Ambassador to 6 European Countries ( Italy, Greece, Poland, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta ) with residence in Rome, where he was also Ambassador / Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the UN Agencies based in Rome ( the Food and Agriculture Organization ; the World Food Programme;the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Council. From Rome, Ambassador Don Nanjira was posted to Geneva in 1992, where he served as Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations Organizations based in Geneva and Switzerland, including the GATT / WTO, WIPO, and ILO, as well as to the UN system Organizations based in Vienna, Austria ( including the Industrial Development Organization ( UNIDO ), the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), and other UN system Organizations based in Vienna.
For years prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he had been seconded by his Government to the United Nations, and served the UN from New York. He retired from the Kenya Civil Service in 1995, when he was offered senior positions in the UN system. First, he served as Senior Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) on Policies for Africa. In 1997, he was co-employed by the WHO and the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ) as their Regional Representative for North America with residence in New York. As Special Representative of the Secretary-General of WMO, he dealt with issues of weather and climate change, and global warming, and attended many conferences of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC).
In 2005, he began to teach as an adjunct professor. In addition to his work at Iona, he has taught at several colleges and universities, most recently: Hunter College of the New York City University, Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs ( SIPA), and Manhattanville College. His most recent courses include: American International Relations and Diplomacy, African Development and Security, Economic Development of Africa, International Business in Africa, International Relations of Africa and Diplomacy,Swahili Language and Culture, Africa in World Politics, Introduction to African Studies I and II, History of Modern Nigeria; and The Making of South Africa.
His publications include a book and a number of Articles on Africa, development, energy, environment, and human rights, and on other issues. Book: "The Status of Aliens in Easy Africa. Asians and Europeans in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya" - Praeger Special Studies, New York, 1976 This study analyzes the legal, political, social, racial, economic, business, immigration and ethnocentric problems of Europeans and Asians ( Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis ) in Africa, with East Africa as a case study . Forthcoming book ( 2010 ): African Foreign Policy and Diplomacy from Antiquity to the 21st Century.
Peter A. Korn has served as a public administration practitioner and professor for many years. He has extensive experience in public budgeting and finance, labor relations, municipal law and local government management in New York State.
During his 40-year public service career, he was Budget Director of Rochester, NY and city or county administrator of Long Beach, Rochester and New Rochelle, NY, Broward County, FL and Peoria, IL. He served as chief administrative officer overseeing the management and direction of the government, supervising operating agencies and providing policy guidance and options to local legislative bodies that set policy and enacted laws and ordinances.
For five years, he was a professor of public administration at SUNY-Brockport and Nova University (FL), where he taught labor relations, budgeting, public personnel administration and decision-making. He has held adjunct appointments at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, and Iona College, New Rochelle and has authored a number of papers in such areas as financing alternatives for city school districts, oversight functions of public authority boards, use of video in municipal public relations, and reservoir management.
During his career, he has been a municipal magistrate, library trustee and board member of a public water authority serving 400,000 people. Several of his administrations won significant awards including an All-America City Award from the National Civic League and the first Ford Foundation/Harvard University Award (1986) for Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Service Award for contributions to local government management from the International City/County Management Association, one of only 80 awarded in the, then, past 43 years.
Since 2002, he has been an arbitrator/mediator and administrative hearing officer. He has served on commercial and labor arbitration panels since 1978 and has heard cases where issues involved discharge, discipline, contract language and securities. He holds a BBA from The City College of New York and an MGA from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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