The University of Notre Dame is sending nine students abroad to address pressing global development challenges through research as part of a grant with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), managed by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD).
Curtis L. Etherly, Jr., the director of federal affairs and international stakeholder relations for The Coca-Cola Company, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Notre Dame Global Pathways Forum on Monday, April 24, at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.
Before the summer of 2016, Dr. Rania Ibrahim, a Notre Dame Mandela Washington Fellow from Ethiopia, and Dr. Olubunmi Okanlami ’08 EMBA, then a critical care pediatrician with Memorial Hospital of South Bend, were strangers separated by an ocean. Neither one could have anticipated the high-impact professional relationship that would blossom during the six-week business and entrepreneurship-based program.
The University of Notre Dame has received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016 — the second highest in its history. In fiscal year 2015, the University’s research funding was its highest of all time, reaching $133 million.
Young business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will travel to South Bend to work alongside local businesses, start-ups, non-governmental organizations and similar entities.