For Immediate Release – October 10, 2013
Media Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634
Nassau Community College Presents:
"Standing Up to Genocide"
Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College is pleased to present the cultural program "Standing Up to Genocide," with speaker Mukesh Kapila, the former United Nations Coordinator for Sudan. The program will take place on Monday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Center Building.
Mukesh Kapila, CBE is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He's also Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity, and Chair of Minority Rights Group International.
Prof. Kapila has extensive experience in the policy and practice of international development, humanitarian affairs, human rights and diplomacy, with particular expertise in tackling crimes against humanity, disaster and conflict management, and in global public health. Previously he was Under Secretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian and development network. Earlier, Kapila served the United Nations in different roles as Special Adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and then Special Adviser at the UN Mission in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he led the UN's largest country mission at the time as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, and then became a Director at the World Health Organization.
Kapila has also been Chief Executive of the PHG Foundation, a senior policy adviser to the World Bank, worked as part of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination system, and advised the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, International Labour Organization, UNAIDS, and many other agencies.
Prior to the UN, Kapila was at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Overseas Development Administration (subsequently Department for International Development), initially as senior health and population adviser and then as the first head of a new Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department that he set up. His earliest career was in clinical medicine, primary health care, and public health in the British National Health Service in Oxford, Cambridge, and London, where he helped set up the UK's first national HIV and AIDS program at the Health Education Authority, becoming its deputy director.
Kapila has initiated several NGOs, and served on the Boards of many bodies including the UN Institute for Training and Research, and the International Peace Academy in New York. He is also a Senior Member of Hughes Hall College at Cambridge University.
Born in India, Kapila is a citizen of the United Kingdom. He has qualifications in medicine, public health and development from the Universities of Oxford and London. In 2003, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II and named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his international service. In 2007, Kapila received the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership.
For more information about "Standing Up to Genocide," which is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled, call 516.572.7148.
About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where over 23,000 full- and part-time students and approximately 10,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. For more information, visit www.ncc.edu.