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International Development Careers Panel 2011 (TAMU)

18 April 2011

For all TAMU students interested in a career in international development, tomorrow (Tuesday) there will be a panel of us answering questions and offering advice. With the exception of me, there are some heavy hitters on the panel. Here are the bios of the other panelists:

Dr. Ed Price
Associate Vice Chancellor and Director
Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture

Dr. Ed Price began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the British colony of Sarawak, now a state of Malaysia on the island of Borneo. He later served as economist for the Federal Reserve System US Board of Governors for agricultural price, production and policy analysis. For 10 years, Dr. Price conducted cropping systems economics research at International Rice Research Institute and he’s also had numerous agricultural consultancies in other countries including El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Armenia, Indonesia, and Turkmenistan. Dr. Price advises the Department of Defense on international agricultural development in conflict zones. With the Borlaug Institute, he directs staff on grants and contracts in 40 countries with a value of over $50 million.

Dr. Linda Logan
Head of Veterinary Pathobiology
Texas A&M University, School of Veterinary Medicine

Before coming to A&M, Dr. Linda L. Logan was the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) Attaché for North and East Africa and the Near East and is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Logan grew up in the Middle East and Africa and has worked for a number of years as a veterinarian in the region in several different capacities. She has served as research scientist, a research leader, a professor and is former state veterinarian for Texas. She has a long standing interest in emerging and infectious tropical diseases of livestock and poultry. Dr. Logan has an advanced degree in comparative pathology.

Dr. Piya Abeygunawardena
Associate Director
Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture

Prior to joining the institute, Dr. Piya served as a principal energy economist and project economist for the South Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank in Manila. As part of his duties, he processed and administered loan projects, technical assistance and institutional building activities throughout Asia. Dr. Piya also served as the development bank’s principal economist for the environment in the East and Central Asia Department. Before that, he was a senior economist and environmental specialist. Over his 14-year career at the development bank, he processed and administered more than $2 billion in loans throughout Asia. Dr. Piya graduated from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1979. He then came to the U.S. and attended Texas A&M, where he earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics and doctorate in natural resource economics in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

Dr. Rasul Ramji
Director of International Programs
Texas A&M University, School of Rural and Public Health

Rasul Ramji, D.C., M.P.H. has recently been appointed Director of International Programs for the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health (SRPH). Dr. Ramji will also serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Dr. Ramji was born in Nairobi, Kenya where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Sind Pakistan. He received his Doctorate in Chiropractic (D.C.) from the Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas in (year) and received his Master in Public Health (M.P.H.) as a member of the inaugural class in (year) from SRPH. Dr. Ramji’s passion for international research and implementation of grass-root programs involving indigent people has taken him from Central Asia to the Middle East. He has worked with NGOs to improve prophylactic care in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. Also in Afghanistan, Dr. Ramji assisted in “training the trainers” in data collection/analysis in efforts to develop programs that will attract international aid to assist this emerging nation with such issues as safe water, personal health and hygiene, zoonotic diseases, STD’s, wife abuse, and drug addiction.

Please RSVP so the organizers can make appropriate arrangements. (You can also use the RSVP form to submit questions for the panel.)

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