What is Friendship Committee?
Through playing such roles and communicating with the TEDxHanRiver team, the members of the Friendship Committee will build friendship with us as well as potential participants to the event. Furthermore, the members get to participate in the TEDxHanRiver as one of the host and are able to build relationship with new people, thus expanding the social network.
James Raymond Vreeland (Ph.D., New York University, 1999) is Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government, Georgetown University. He has also held teaching and research affiliations with universities all over the world, including Bond University (Australia), ESADE (Spain), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zürich, University of California Los Angeles, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), University of São Paulo, and Yale University. Notably, he spent last summer teaching at the Korea University International Summer Campus in Seoul. He conducts research in the field of international political economy and has published in numerous scholarly journals on international organizations, democracy and dictatorship, civil war, and human rights. In addition to his first book, entitled The IMF and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, March 2003), he has written an introductory text on the IMF entitled The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending (Routledge, January 2007), and he co-edited Globalization and the Nation State: The Impact of the IMF and the World Bank (Routledge, 2006).
Saba Gul is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of BLISS, and a recent alumnus of MIT, where she studied Computer Science and Economics. She also works as a software architect at Thomson Reuters. She has a passion for international development, education and entrepreneurship. Previously, she has worked on solar lighting projects in post-tsunami Sri Lanka and taught entrepreneurial seminars in Ethiopia. She was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan.
Elena has traveled extensively and is involved in several nonprofit organizations focused on global education and development. She has witnessed the educational disparities and lack of resources facing children in developing countries and believes Room to Read serves a critical stepping stone to eradicate poverty through literacy and education. Elena works as a Strategic Marketing Manager in Global Marketing at Thomson Reuters.