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November 8, 2013

Powell School Hosts Breakfast Series at University Club in Midtown

Babar Bashir, managing director of Rozan, a Pakistani organization that focuses on domestic violence and abuse, speaking at a recent Powell breakfast.

“Conversations with City” events provide an open forum for experts, policy makers and leaders on major challenges facing nation and world

"Conversations with City," a new breakfast series hosted by the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York, is bringing the school's mission of social research, expertise, learning, and leadership to a midtown setting. Held at the University Club, One W. 54th Street, New York, the events provide an open forum for experts, policy makers, community leaders and others attempting to meet the major challenges facing the nation and the world.

"Our new breakfast series is our way of introducing the extraordinary work taking place within the Powell School to the New York City community," said Vince Boudreau, director of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, which has merged with the Powell School. "We want everyone to realize what an innovative and vital center of research and learning exists on our Harlem campus."  

The next event in the series takes place 8 a.m. Monday, November 11, at the University Club. The featured speakers are Fulvio V. Dobrich, principal, Meldrum Asset Management and managing director, Galileo Fund, and Vasili Tsamis, chief operating officer and co-chief investment officer, Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Their topic will be "Sovereign Debt Crisis and Austerity: Policy, Philanthropy, and the Hard Choices Ahead."

Mr. Dobrich has been engaged in emerging markets since the early 1980s. He currently manages the Galileo Fund Ltd. and is also a principal with Meldrum Asset Management LLC. In the past, he served on the board of the DEPFA Bank, was CEO of DEPFA Investment Bank Ltd. and was co-founder and a principal of DLF/Catalina where he advised the governments of Macedonia and Yugoslavia.

An alumnus of City College, Mr. Dobrich has an MA from Johns Hopkins University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a Director of the International Executive Service Corp, the City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

Mr. Tsamis has more than 30 years of global finance experience in banking and investments, corporate lending, capital markets and project finance. He has been with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation since 2008. Before that, he held various senior positions with Citigroup, Julius Baer and Credit Lyonnais. Mr. Tsamis holds a BS in economics and political science from Fordham University, and an advanced degree in banking from the American Banking Institute.

"Conversations with City" will continue on February 27, 2014, with a talk featuring Don Meichenbaum, PhD, a City College alumnus, and one of the leading figures in clinical psychology. In "Bolstering Resilience in "High-Risk" Children and Their
Families: Ways to Close the Inequality Gap," Dr. Meichenbaum will focus on evidence-based interventions that have been found to alter this developmental trajectory in high-risk children. In particular, he will examine what distinguishes children who "overcome the odds," along with specific ways to reduce risk factors and build personal protective factors. Meichenbaum, a founder of cognitive behavior therapy, has been voted one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century."

The October 31 "Conversations with City" breakfast featured a panel discussion on "Gender Violence, Masculinities, and the Search for Women's Security in South Asia." Panelists were Babar Bashir, managing director of Rozan, a Pakistani organization that focuses on domestic violence and abuse, masculinity, and mental health; and Merle Gosewinkel, senior program officer for the international Women's Peacemaker Program. Patti Ackerman, director of City College's women's studies program, moderated.

To find out how you can support our programs, please contact: Dee Dee Mozeleski, director of development, Colin Powell School,, 212-650-7396.

To find out more about the Powell School, contact Maura Christopher, director of communications, Colin Powell School,, 212-650-7386.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.  

Set on a striking, 35-acre hilltop campus in upper Manhattan, CCNY has produced more Nobel laureates than any other public institution in the United States. The College has been touted as one of America's Top Colleges by Forbes, one of the Best Colleges in the United States as well as one of the Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks among U.S. News' top regional universities.