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Renuka Thakore is Building a Global Network Focused on Multidimensional Sustainable Communities

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Dr. Renuka Thakore’s diverse background has almost nothing that can be seen from a logical standpoint as a pathway to the work she is currently doing, but, it actually is perfect. From construction to advisory work in environmental concerns to financial analyst, researcher, and consultant to finally building a community of “doers” similar to herself. As the founder of the …

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Brad Reams is Leading One of the World’s Most Unique Industrial Parks on a Former Military Base

In Economic Development, Industrial-Manufacturing, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Brad Reams came from an education background and moved into public service in local government, and then made a natural step into economic development thanks to a military base closure and some forward-thinking developers. What is becoming known as North America’s Only Carbon Neutral Industrial Park is about 6,800 acres located on a former military base located in Parsons, Kansas. …

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Olusiji Aina is a Development Economist Working to Improve Financial Inclusion and Sustainability

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, African Influence, Economic Development, energy, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Ambassador Olusiji Aina has a collective string of years in finance, energy, and economic development that puts him at the top of governing leaders’ list for go-to on anything that touches the economy in Nigeria. As a Board Member of the US-Africa Trade Council, Co-Chair of the Kogi State Economic Advisory Council, and the founder of Optiss Ventures, an agribusiness …

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Shelli Brunswick Expands What You Think You Know About the Space Industry

In Economic Development, Publisher Channel, Space, Technology by Mary Kurek

COO of Space Foundation, Shelli Brunswick, knows space like no one you’ve probably ever met. A former military gal, she moved into the industry we mostly associate with NASA, and began connecting people and resources that take advantage of everything space-related. From technology transfer that impacts healthcare and agriculture to a surprising human capital industry, and global assistance in determining …

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Raza Hasan Shows Us How to Have Prosperity for All Nations

In Economic Development, Poverty, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Raza Hasan is an entrepreneur and strategic thinker. He is a leading problem-solver and author who has taken a hard look at what is necessary for nations to create prosperity for themselves.  From Pakistan to the United States, Raza has spent years studying the dynamics in the economic gap between nations where he has lived and worked.  His theories are …

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Ahmed Abdelatif is a Sudanese Diplomat Particularly Focused on Renewable Energy

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, African Influence, Economic Development, energy, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Ahmed Abdelatif of Sudan has been focused since young adulthood on international affairs and diplomatic service; something for which he can thank his mother.  Today, having already served his homeland in diplomatic roles in a multitude of countries, Ahmed is taking an “education” break to continue working on his Masters in International Relations in Scotland.  Upon completion, he looks forward …

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HE Ambassador Henry Andako Works Every Aspect of Economy Building to Advance Kenya

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, Economic Development, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

HE Amb. Henry Andako is the Executive Director of the National Council of NGOs and the Founder of the Henry Andako Foundation based in Kenya. The collective works of the network of organizations he leads create large-scale opportunities that impact locals first and then spread throughout the country. They are working with education, entrepreneurship, employment, infrastructure like energy, and much …

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Ambassador Ghazala Khan Talks with Frontrunners Development Founder Mary Kurek

In Diplomat, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Publisher Channel, The Next Generation Leaders, womensempowerment by Mary Kurek

Federation of Gender and Human Rights Ambassador, Ghazala Khan, interviewed Mary Kurek about how the Frontrunners properties (the League Partner Community and the Innovate Media Platform) came to be. As friends and business partners, the Ambassador and Mary talk conversationally about how Mary began her company and what types of projects and partnerships are happening with her business development work. …

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Onochie Lawrence is Helping to Bank the UN SDGs

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, African Influence, Climate, Economic Development, Funding, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Onochie Lawrence, through The Bank of Africa, is moving toward providing sustainable solutions to energy and water needs within the African continent and then moving outward to other areas and into other impact spaces. From his headquarters in The Gambia, Onochie, who serves as Secretary-General of the bank, considers solutions for all of the UN SDGs, but, energy and water …

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Akwasi Opong-Fosu is Launching Innovation and Entrepreneurship Projects in Ghana

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, Economic Development, Education, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Akwasi Opong-Fosu is a former Minister of State and Public Policy Analyst, Office of the President of Ghana. He’s taken everything he’s known in the political and governance arenas and moved them into a consultancy called Africa Growth Solutions. His solutions involve inspiring youth to become job creators as opposed to job seekers and moving that level of entrepreneurship into …