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2017 Events

January 17, 2017 - Mr. Sam Grundwerg - Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

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January 17, 2017 - Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, will speak on U.S.-Israeli relations on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m. in room 213a of the Sorensen Student Center at Utah Valley University. The lecture is part of UVU’s annual Global Spotlight program.

“As the newly appointed consul general of Israel, Mr. Grundwerg will be in Utah to meet with local government and religious leaders,” said Amy Barnett, program coordinator for UVU’s Office for Global Engagement. “UVU is honored to have him also lecture to our students on the timely topic of current Israeli-U.S. relations and welcome his insights.”

Immediately before becoming Consul General, Grundwerg served as Director General in Israel for the World Jewish Congress, an international organization representing Jewish communities in over 100 countries to governments, parliaments and other international organizations. Before joining the World Jewish Congress, Grundwerg worked as an attorney at a major international law firm in the United States and held positions in the fields of law and finance in the U.S. and Israel. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law and holds an MBA in finance from the University of Miami School of Business, as well as an undergraduate degree from Bar Ilan University.

Originally hailing from Miami Beach, Florida, Grundwerg fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to Israel in 1990 and made Aliyah soon afterward. Once in Israel, he served as a combat soldier in the IDF armored corps and later in the IDF reserves as a casualty officer.

The lecture is part of UVU’s annual Global Spotlight, a program housed by the Office of International & Multicultural Studies and carefully designed with the intent to trigger global and intercultural engagement across campus and within the community. Previous Global Spotlights have focused on Peru, Mexico, Eurasia, Brazil, and China.

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Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg with UVU faculties after the luncheon.

Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg with UVU faculties after the luncheon.

Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg, and Political Consul, Yaki Lopez  with Dr. Baldomero Lago and Amy Barnett from the Office for Global Engagement after the lecture.

Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg, and Political Consul, Yaki Lopez with Dr. Baldomero Lago and Amy Barnett from the Office for Global Engagement after the lecture.

February 9, 2017 - Mr. Macharia Kamau - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations


February 9, 2017 - Macharia Kamau, Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations

Until his latest appointment, Mr. Kamau was Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Nairobi, where he served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) from March 2009.

From August 2008 to March 2009, he served as a consultant in multiple concurrent roles, including Africa Adviser with the Global Development Department of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Advocacy and Leadership Adviser with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for East and Southern Africa; Independent Consultant with the Africa Child Policy Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Senior Associate at the Africa Policy Institute in Pretoria, South Africa; and Senior Adviser for Community Innovations in Pretoria.

Between June 2005 and July 2008, Mr. Kamau was the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative in South Africa, prior to which he served in the same country as Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator and Designated Official for Safety and Security.  From September 2002 to April 2005, he was United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Kigali, Rwanda.  From May to August 2002, he was the United Nations Representative and Technical Adviser to the Technical Support Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, prior to which he held the post of Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Gaborone, Botswana from August 1998 until May 2002.

In addition to New York, Mr. Kamau’s extensive experience in the United Nations system earned him postings to Barbados, Namibia and Zambia, serving in various capacities with UNICEF and the United Nations Transition Assistance Group.  He joined UNICEF in 1985 as Programme Communication and Social Mobilization Consultant for the East and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi.

Mr. Kamau holds degrees in history, economics and education from Wooster College, Ohio, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.

Click here for more information about Ambassador Macharia Kamau.

Ambassador Kamau with UVU Students

Ambassador Macharia Kamau and his wife with UVU UIMF and Foreign Affairs club students.

Ambassador Kamau with Baldomero

Ambassador Kamau is presented with an honorable professor award by Dr. Baldomero Lago. 

Ambassador with Governors

Ambassador Kamau and his wife with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and representatives from GOED.

February 16, 2017 - Mr. Muzaffarbek Madrakhimov - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations


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February 16, 2017 - Muzaffarbek Madrakhimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Nations

The new Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, Muzaffarbek A. Madrakhimov, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until his appointment, Mr. Madrakhimov served as Deputy Chief of Mission at his country’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., since 2010.  He was Executive Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2007 and 2010.

Prior to that, he was First Secretary at Uzbekistan’s Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, from 2004 to 2007, and headed the Secretariat of the Foreign Ministry in Tashkent from 2003 until 2004.  He also held the positions of Third and then Second Secretary in the Ministry’s Department of European Countries, between 2000 and 2003; Attaché in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2000; Assistant to the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Attaché in the Office of the Minister, both from 1996 until 1998.

Mr. Madrakhimov holds a master’s degree in transportation management from Tashkent Automobile and Road Construction Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, both in Uzbekistan.

He was born in Tashkent in 1972, he is married and has four children.

Click here for more information on Ambassador Muzaffarbek Madrakhimov and his country.

The Ambassador and Consul meet with UVU students at a luncheon held in their honor.

The Ambassador and Consul meet with UVU students at a luncheon held in their honor.

UVU's own assistant wrestling coach, Erkin Tadzhimetov (also from Uzbekistan) meets with Ambassador Madrakhimov.

UVU's own assistant wrestling coach, Erkin Tadzhimetov (also from Uzbekistan) meets with Ambassador Madrakhimov.

Ambassador Madrakhimov with Lt. Governor Cox in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol.

Ambassador Madrakhimov with Lt. Governor Cox in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol.

Ambassador and Consul at Dead House Point State Park

Ambassador and Consul at Dead House Point State Park.

March 6, 2017 - Ms. Eileen A. Malloy - U.S. Ambassador (ret.) to the Kyrgyz Republic (1994-97)

Former Ambassador Eileen Malloy: Conversation about Foreign Service and Diplomacy

Ambassador (ret.) Eileen A. Malloy was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the U.S. ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic (1994-97), then serving as the deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of European Affairs (1997-99).In 1999, Ambassador Malloy was appointed by Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson to be his senior advisor on Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Ambassador Malloy was appointed to be the U.S. Consul general in Sydney, Australia, from 2001 to 2004. She then returned to Washington to work for the inspector general at the Department of State. Ambassador Malloy is the recipient of the Secretary of State's Award for Career Achievement and several performance and honor awards.

This event is hosted by Utah International Mountain Forum.

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Ambassador (ret.) Eileen A. Malloy giving a lecture to UVU students.

Ambassador with UVU faculty

Ambassador Eileen A. Malloy with UVU faculty after the luncheon.

March 10, 2017 - Ms. Mikiko Mayakawa - Insights into Japanese Journalism

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140 Years of History in The Yomiuri Shimbun - World's Largest Newspaper in Circulation

Ms. Mikiko Miyakawa is deputy editor emeritus of the Database Department in the Digital Media Bureau of The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s best-read newspaper.

Originally from Akita Prefecture in northwestern Japan, Ms. Miyakawa majored in German studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. After graduating from the university in 1984, she studied at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota as an exchange student for one year.

In May 1986, Ms. Miyakawa joined The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Osaka head office and worked at the Liaison Department. She moved to the newspaper’s Tokyo headquarters in November 1987 and started working for The Daily Yomiuri, an English-language daily published by The Yomiuri Shimbun.

At the English-language daily, which is now called The Japan News, she worked as a reporter, editor and translator for nearly 30 years. With her keen interest in environmental and food safety issues, she covered U.N.-sponsored conferences including the climate change meeting in Kyoto in 1997 and the biodiversity meeting in Nagoya in 2010.

She moved to the Digital Media Bureau in November 2015. In her current post, she is in charge of overseas clients of Yomidas Rekishikan, a digital archive of The Yomiuri Shimbun.

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Ms. Mikiko Miyakawa giving a lecture to UVU students.

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Ms. Mikiko Mikazawa with Amy Barnett from the Office for Global Engagement, UVU's Japanese professors and international advisors.

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Mr. Gary J. Neeleman, Honorary Consul of Brazil and his wife with Ms. Mikiko Miyakawa taking a tour of UVU Roots of Knowledge stained glass windows.

April 19, 2017 - Mr. Oren Gutfeld - Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

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April 19, 2017 - Oren Gutfeld, Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Born in Jaffa in 1968 and raised in the Upper Galilee town of Safed, Oren Gutfeld earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology, carrying out post-doctoral research in the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Oren has over twenty years’ experience in directing archaeological excavations, including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Early Islamic city of Ramla, Herod’s palace-fortresses at Herodium and Hyrcania, and the village of Beit Loya in the Judean Lowland, inhabited from the Iron Age to the Mamluk period. 

For several years, he has been collaborating with UVU on the Beit Lehi Israel Archaeology Project. In early 2017, Dr. Gutfeld announced his discovery of the 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave. He is also a seasoned tour guide and lecturer, working with The Hebrew University, the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv University, and the Tourism Ministry, as well as with private groups from both Israel and abroad.

Click here for more information on the discovery of the 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave.

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Archaeology Digital Display by Department of Engineering Design Technology.


Mr. Oren Gutfeld gave a presentation to publics about his recent discovery of the 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave outside of Qumran.

Oren Gutfeld with President Holland

Mr. Oren Gutfeld with President Holland.

Oren with Amy and Baldomero

Mr. Oren Gutfeld with Baldomero Lago and Amy Barnett from the Office for Global Engagement.

May 16, 2017 - Mr. Felipe Queipo - NGO Relations and Advocacy, United Nations Department of Public Information

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May 16, 2017 - Felipe Queipo, NGO Relations & Advocacy, UN Department of Public Information 


 Mr. Felipe Queipo began his United Nations career at the NGO Relations & Advocacy Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI) in 2008. He currently serves as the Information Officer responsible for outreach, engagement and global communications for the Section.

Mr. Queipo is the focal point for faith-based organizations within DPI. In this capacity, he leads the team that organizes the "Focus on Faith" briefings within the Department, an initiative that studies the links between faith traditions and religious organizations, and the work and mission of the United Nations. The Focus on Faith Series has explored, amongst other themes, the role that gender plays in religious institutions, the contribution of religious organizations in preventing violent extremism, as well as the efforts to address the refugee and migrants crises around the globe and the resettlement work of governments and faith-based civil society.

He is also the focal point for technology and social media platforms at NGO Relations, and is a strong advocate of new communications tools and their role in developing effective communication and media strategies. In this capacity, he assists NGOs in developing social media policies to increase the efficacy of their outreach efforts within the civil society context. Before Graduating from Brigham Young University Idaho, where he studied Political Science, Mr. Queipo studied Theology and Biology in Spain, emphasizing his training on Political and Social Theology.

Mr. Queipo with Baldomero Lago

Mr. Felipe Queipo with Baldomero Lago, AVP for Global Engagement.

UIMF Meeting

UVU UIMF Meeting with Mr. Felipe Queipo.

Mr. Queipo at Humanitarian Center

Mr. Felipe Queipo with Elder Andersen at the Humanitarian Center.

Mr. Felipe Queipo with Mayor Biskupski

Mr. Felipe Queipo and Baldomero Lago with Mayor Biskupski.

September 5, 2017 - Dr. Jorge Luis Benjamin Romero Castro - Member of Andean Parliament

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September 5, 2017 - Dr. Jorge Luis Benjamin Romero Castro, Member of Andean Parliament 

Dr. Romero Castro

Dr. Jorge Luis Benjamin Romero Castro is from Peru. Dr. Romero is an International Coach & Team Coach, certified by the ICC –International Coaching Certification, London, England. And currently the Executive Director of Go American Coaching S.A.C. and Executive Director of the American Business School Company in USA. President of the Commission of Human Rights and Social Affairs for the Andean Region and President and Founder of the International Institute for Human Rights, Peru Chapter.

He is a member of the Diplomatic Supranational Andean Parliament, The Commission of Migration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Commission of Social Affairs, Youth and Children of EUROLAT (Europe and Latin America), and Member of the Governor’s Board of Operation Underground Railroad Organization of USA.

Dr. Romero is a leader in the areas of Motivation, Personal Development, Excellence and Leadership. Specialist in the Political Marketing, Strategic Marketing, Network Marketing, and Directional Strategist and Sales. He is a Political and Business Executives Advisor. Expert in FireWalking & Outdoor Coaching, certified as Facilitator of Experiential Learning with Basic Competence of Ontological Coaching.

He is also the Founder of the Master Business School S.A.C. and Master Training International S.A.C., Founder of FireWalking, Peru,

In his over 16 years of professional experience, he has trained over 2 million people, and has authored 4 books in personal growth.

Click here for Dr. Jorge Luis Benjamin Romero Castro's CV in Spanish.

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Dr. Jorge Luis Benjamin Romero Castro with Baldomero Lago, Chief International Officer

During the Lecture

Dr. Romero Castro during the lecture at UVU.

A group photo with Romero Castro

Spanish speaking students and faculty with Dr. Romero Castro.