their expertise and in-country experience in Africa, panelists Dr. Emily
Bruno and Jane Wanjiru Kinyua will explore two key, and frequently
interrelated development challenges faced by African nations: promoting health
will discuss the case for global surgery as an essential element of global health.
She will examine the collaborative process of creating a National Surgical
Plan for Madagascar as a case study.
will discuss the Children Peace Initiative Kenya that has been using the
friendship-for-peace model to empower children to contribute to community
peace-building. The model is based on the contact theory, through which
children become protagonists of their community’s peace and development. By
opening doors for access to essential amenities like health facilities,
enhanced trade, and education, they have built bridges for their parents and
communities, stimulating economic development and transforming conflict corridors
into peace corridors.
About our panelists:
is a diplomat-turned-doctor. She came to medicine after 15 years in public
service, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia and then as a Foreign
Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Emily served domestically
in numerous offices in Washington, DC, as well as at the U.S. Mission to the
United Nations in New York, and overseas in Taiwan, Iraq, Chad and Sudan.
Emily’s work with marginalized populations eventually led her to medical
school, where she earned her MD at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center in Memphis. While a medical student, Emily was selected as a Paul
Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate in Harvard Medical School’s Program
in Global Surgery and Social Change. Through this program, Emily trained
surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses on operating room safety at surgical
centers throughout Madagascar and collected data on existing surgical
capacities to inform the creation of a National Surgical Plan for Madagascar.
After earning her MD, Emily completed an internship in General Surgery at the
University of California San Diego and then entered the Preventive Medicine
department, where she is currently a second-year resident. She is also working
toward an MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University and continuing research
on global health, with an eye toward returning to work in the policy field.
earned a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, as well as
certificates from the University of Strasbourg, France, and from the
University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her languages include French, Mandarin
Chinese, Amharic, and basic Spanish and Arabic.
Kinyua is a Kenyan Citizen and a founding member of Children Peace Initiative
Kenya, a non-profit organization that engages children in peacebuilding
initiatives. She is currently a student at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace
Studies at the University of San Diego, pursuing a master’s degree in Peace and
Justice Studies. Prior to coming to San Diego, she was the Country Associate
representing Kenya in the implementation of a cross-border peace project
through a partnership with University of Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica, where
she engaged communities living along the Kenya-Uganda border in cross-border
peace dialogues and conflict resolution through people-to-people strategies.
graduated from Catholic University of Eastern Africa (C.U.E.A) with a Bachelor
of Arts Degree in Social Science. After graduating, she worked as an educator
with CEFA, an Italian NGO working with children in government correctional
Jane is a
Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by Rotary International in appreciation of
tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better
understanding and friendly relations among people in the world.
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
National University, Sanford Center Auditorium
11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
Complimentary parking on the National University campus
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contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas
within the San Diego community.
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