Ian Smillie, considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on ‘blood diamonds’, will share with students his stories of international development today at 9 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.
Smillie has been involved in development for over 30 years. He has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Bangladesh. He founded Canadian NGO, Inter Pares, was Executive Director of CUSO, and is a long-time foreign aid watcher and critic.
Smillie is the author of several books, and has served on a UN Security Council Expert Panel examining the relationship between diamonds and weapons in West Africa. He also helped develop the 48-government ‘Kimberley Process,’ a global certification system to halt the traffic in conflict diamonds.
He was the first witness at Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial in The Hague and he chairs the Diamond Development Initiative. Ian Smillie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.
Smillie’s presentations are part of the 10-day student ‘think tank’ called the Summer Institute of Student Leadership and Global Citizenship. The Summer Institute continues until May 7, 2010.
What: Ian Smillie public presentations
When: Today (Tuesday, May 4) at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: 9 a.m. lecture in Engineering 3 - Room 262; 3 p.m. lecture in Robert B. Shultz theatre, St. John’s College, U of Manitoba
The presentation is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Tony Rogge, director, International Centre for Students, University of Manitoba, 204-474-8502, firstname.lastname@example.org.