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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 18, 2022, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- EVENT: Please join us on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, for a digital news briefing on the growing economic and trade ties between the United States and the African continent. Deputy Under Secretary of State Akunna Cook and Prosper Africa Acting Chief Operating Officer Leslie Marbury will connect from Johannesburg during their February 14-March 1 trip to Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and in Namibia. After brief opening remarks, DAS Cook and A/COO Marbury will answer questions from participating journalists.

DETAILS:

Speakers:

Deputy Under Secretary of State Akunna Cook; and
Acting COO of Prosper Africa Leslie Marbury

Dated: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m. Johannesburg | 11:00 GMT | 06:00 Washington, D.C.

Language: English. Simultaneous interpretation in French will be provided.

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Biographies

Akunna Cook

AKUNNA COOK – Assistant Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs

Ms. Cook oversees U.S. foreign policy development for Southern Africa, as well as economic and regional issues, including trade, investment, climate, health, multilateral engagement, democracy and human rights. ‘man. Previously, Ms. Cook was the founder and director of Drake Road Strategies, where she advised individuals and organizations on strategy and public policy advocacy. She was also the first executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, a non-partisan organization focused on the economic advancement of the black community through policy development, advocacy, and support for election candidates.

Ms Cook practiced law at a major international law firm, where she advised former Attorney General Eric Holder on political and legal strategy related to redistricting in the country. She has also advised various clients on public policy, government affairs and corporate governance. Ms Cook also served as a lawyer in the office of US Senator Chris Coons. Ms. Cook began her career at the State Department more than 20 years ago as a Foreign Affairs Fellow from Pickering. She served for nearly ten years as a career diplomat in the Department of State where she focused on economic and political development. Ms. Cook’s foreign service assignments included overseas service in China, South Africa and Iraq, and several years in Washington with the Africa Bureau in various roles. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration. Ms. Cook is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Washington, DC Bar. She is also a board member of the Alliance for Justice.

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LESLIE MARBURY – Chief Operating Officer, Prosper Africa Leslie Marbury joined Prosper Africa in July 2021 as Acting Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, she toured as Mission Director in Rwanda and Burundi, where she led the development of a new country development cooperation strategy, established a leadership initiative to empower the staff the means to achieve better development results and led the response to COVID-19. . His previous posts include Honduras, Bolivia, South Africa and Burma. Throughout her tenure in the U.S. government, she has worked with governments, the private sector, and civil society to improve economic governance, private sector investment, trade, the financial sector, environmental policy, agricultural development and food security. Leslie is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She gained her formative experience as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana and completed her Masters in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Georgia.

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Media Advisory – February 22 Digital Media Briefing with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Akunna Cook and Prosper Africa Acting Chief Operating Officer Leslie Marbury https://athenasite.net/media-advisory-february-22-digital-media-briefing-with-deputy-assistant-secretary-of-state-akunna-cook-and-prosper-africa-acting-chief-operating-officer-leslie-marbury/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 16:17:13 +0000 https://athenasite.net/media-advisory-february-22-digital-media-briefing-with-deputy-assistant-secretary-of-state-akunna-cook-and-prosper-africa-acting-chief-operating-officer-leslie-marbury/ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 18, 2022, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- EVENT: Please join us on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, for a digital news briefing on the growing economic and trade ties between the United States and the African continent. Deputy Under Secretary of State Akunna Cook and Prosper Africa Acting Chief Operating Officer Leslie Marbury […]]]>

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 18, 2022, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- EVENT: Please join us on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, for a digital news briefing on the growing economic and trade ties between the United States and the African continent. Deputy Under Secretary of State Akunna Cook and Prosper Africa Acting Chief Operating Officer Leslie Marbury will connect from Johannesburg during their February 14-March 1 trip to Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and in Namibia. After brief opening remarks, DAS Cook and A/COO Marbury will answer questions from participating journalists.

DETAILS:

Speakers:

Deputy Under Secretary of State Akunna Cook; and
Acting COO of Prosper Africa Leslie Marbury

Dated: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m. Johannesburg | 11:00 GMT | 06:00 Washington, D.C.

Language: English. Simultaneous interpretation in French will be provided.

Basic rules: The briefing will be recorded.

Login information: To be provided by RSVP

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here

Twitter: Follow the conversation on #AFHubPress for the call. Follow us on @AfricaMediaHub.

Biographies

Akunna Cook

AKUNNA COOK – Assistant Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs

Ms. Cook oversees U.S. foreign policy development for Southern Africa, as well as economic and regional issues, including trade, investment, climate, health, multilateral engagement, democracy and human rights. ‘man. Previously, Ms. Cook was the founder and director of Drake Road Strategies, where she advised individuals and organizations on strategy and public policy advocacy. She was also the first executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, a non-partisan organization focused on the economic advancement of the black community through policy development, advocacy and support for electoral candidates.

Ms Cook practiced law at a major international law firm, where she advised former Attorney General Eric Holder on political and legal strategy related to redistricting in the country. She has also advised various clients on public policy, government affairs and corporate governance. Ms Cook also served as a lawyer in the office of US Senator Chris Coons. Ms. Cook began her career at the State Department more than 20 years ago as a Foreign Affairs Fellow from Pickering. She served for nearly ten years as a career diplomat in the Department of State where she focused on economic and political development. Ms. Cook’s foreign service assignments included overseas service in China, South Africa and Iraq, and several years in Washington with the Africa Bureau in various roles. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration. Ms. Cook is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Washington, DC Bar. She is also a board member of the Alliance for Justice.

Leslie Marbury

LESLIE MARBURY – Chief Operating Officer, Prosper Africa Leslie Marbury joined Prosper Africa in July 2021 as Acting Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, she completed a tour as Mission Director in Rwanda and Burundi, where she led the development of a new country development cooperation strategy, established a leadership initiative to empower the staff the means to achieve better development results and led the response to COVID-19. . His previous posts include Honduras, Bolivia, South Africa and Burma. Throughout her tenure in the U.S. government, she has worked with governments, the private sector, and civil society to improve economic governance, private sector investment, trade, the financial sector, environmental policy, agricultural development and food security. Leslie is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She gained her formative experience as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana and completed her Masters in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Georgia.

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Republicans criticize Air Force assistant secretary’s proposal to monitor troops https://athenasite.net/republicans-criticize-air-force-assistant-secretarys-proposal-to-monitor-troops/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/republicans-criticize-air-force-assistant-secretarys-proposal-to-monitor-troops/ Ravi Chaudhary is President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as the Air Force’s assistant secretary for energy, facilities and the environment, after serving in the Federal Aviation Administration during the Trump administration. (Facebook) WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Last year, Ravi Chaudhary called on the military to use artificial intelligence to track service members’ online […]]]>

Ravi Chaudhary is President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as the Air Force’s assistant secretary for energy, facilities and the environment, after serving in the Federal Aviation Administration during the Trump administration. (Facebook)

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Last year, Ravi Chaudhary called on the military to use artificial intelligence to track service members’ online activity in an effort to root out extremists. On Thursday, it came back to haunt the candidate for a top Air Force job.

Chaudhary is President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as the Air Force’s assistant secretary for energy, facilities and the environment, after serving in the Federal Aviation Administration during the Trump administration. But he faced a hostile crowd of Republicans during his Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing.

GOP senators focused their questions on the Air Force veteran’s July 2021 op-ed in Foreign Policy News, reflecting how the military should respond to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill, arguing that Chaudhary’s proposal to monitor service members would violate due process and invade their privacy.

Between 10 and 20 percent of those charged in the Jan. 6 riot were military or veterans, according to conflicting media accounts. Responding to this evidence, Chaudhary suggested in his article using artificial intelligence as a way to monitor military communications and counter extremism in the armed forces. He said an algorithm could flag “toxic behaviors” for commanders to review.

He cited other examples of extremist violence within the ranks, including a 2019 shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida in which an aviation student shot dead three people and injured eight, as well as multiple murders. at Fort Hood, Texas. In 2009, an Army Major shot dead 13 people and injured 30, while two years ago, Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén was beaten to death with a hammer by a fellow soldier.

Nonetheless, Republicans on the panel opposed Chaudhary’s plans, arguing that such surveillance would invade privacy and violate due process.

“I think that’s a really awful idea,” ranking member James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma said.

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee asked if Chaudhary would use AI or machine learning to monitor the electronic footprint of military personnel.

Florida’s Rick Scott asked Chaudhary if he would require service members to download an app to their phones that would monitor them and compared Chaudhary’s suggestion of using artificial intelligence to track communications to usage. by China of technology to track and imprison Uyghur Muslims.

Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has opposed nearly all of Biden’s nominees for executive office and federal judgeships, also joined in, saying he was “astounded” that Chaudhary had been nominated for the post. light of his article and that he would not support his nomination.

Chaudhary responded by explaining that the intention of his article was to engage in the public debate on extremism after January 6 and that he did not want to implement the proposal.

“It didn’t work out and I regret it,” he said. “The men and women who serve – the vast majority of men and women who serve – serve with honor, integrity and excellence, and I believe that the constitutional rights of our men and women who serve must be protected, period.”

Chaudhary appeared before the committee alongside three other candidates: Franklin Parker for deputy secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs; Agnes Schaefer as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Frank Calvelli as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration.

If confirmed, Calvelli would be the Air Force’s first assistant secretary for space acquisition and integration since the Space Force was created in December 2019.

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Brenda Guess Named Louisiana Assistant Secretary of Economic Development https://athenasite.net/brenda-guess-named-louisiana-assistant-secretary-of-economic-development/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 15:51:43 +0000 https://athenasite.net/brenda-guess-named-louisiana-assistant-secretary-of-economic-development/ BATON ROUGE — Brenda Guess, a 35-year Louisiana economic development veteran with leadership experience in state and municipal governments and private sector companies, has been named the agency’s deputy secretary, the agency announced. LED secretary, Don Pierson. Guess, who has served as director of LED’s office of business incentive services since 2012, will be primarily […]]]>

BATON ROUGE — Brenda Guess, a 35-year Louisiana economic development veteran with leadership experience in state and municipal governments and private sector companies, has been named the agency’s deputy secretary, the agency announced. LED secretary, Don Pierson. Guess, who has served as director of LED’s office of business incentive services since 2012, will be primarily responsible for guiding LED programs that grow Louisiana’s small business sector. State support for small businesses has increased significantly since Governor John Bel Edwards took office in 2016 and will expand further in 2022 with the injection of at least $74.2 million in government funding. ‘State Small Business Credit Initiative by the US Treasury. The LED has been designated as the state agency responsible for overseeing the disbursement of these federal funds, which are designed to provide credit support and investments to small businesses, and to increase access to capital for socially-minded business entities. and economically disadvantaged and underserved communities. “I am delighted to promote Brenda Guess to this key leadership role at LED,” said Pierson. “She has been an important member of our leadership team for many years, overseeing critical initiatives that have significant impacts on Louisiana’s economy. Brenda’s experience administering complex programs affecting every sector of our economy and every region of our state has prepared her well to lead the SSBCI effort in our state. I can think of no one better qualified to partner with Louisiana’s small business owners and the communities they serve.” As Director and Head of Business Incentive Services at LED, Guess served as an administrator for various state programs developed for the creation, retention, and expansion of Louisiana businesses and industries. Prior to joining LED in 1987, Guess spent six years in Baton Rouge municipal government and six years managing private sector businesses. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern University. “I am honored by this appointment and look forward to serving LED in this new capacity,” Guess said. “Small businesses represent 53% of Louisiana workers and 99% of Louisiana employers, and our mission is to provide them with the support they need to succeed. The State’s Small Business Credit Initiative offers a unique opportunity to empower a new generation of small business owners and expansion, and I look forward to beginning to work with Secretary Pierson and our local stakeholders and regions to maximize its impact on Louisiana. Governor Edwards’ appointment of Guess as assistant secretary is subject to confirmation by the Louisiana Senate. She replaces Mandi Mitchell, who became president and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in November.

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JAMES “HONDO” GEURTS, FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE NAVY JOINS TORCH.AI BOARD | Kansas https://athenasite.net/james-hondo-geurts-former-deputy-secretary-of-the-navy-joins-torch-ai-board-kansas/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:03:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/james-hondo-geurts-former-deputy-secretary-of-the-navy-joins-torch-ai-board-kansas/ LEAWOOD, Kan., January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Torch.AI, the leader in super-fast artificial intelligence (AI)-powered data processing that makes data easier to use for humans and machines, today announced that Former Deputy Secretary of the Navy James “Hondo” Geurts has joined the Torch.AI Advisory Board. “Innovation and technological evolution require collaboration with a collective objective […]]]>

LEAWOOD, Kan., January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Torch.AI, the leader in super-fast artificial intelligence (AI)-powered data processing that makes data easier to use for humans and machines, today announced that Former Deputy Secretary of the Navy James “Hondo” Geurts has joined the Torch.AI Advisory Board.

“Innovation and technological evolution require collaboration with a collective objective as the driving force,” said Mr. Geurts. “I am proud to join the Torch.AI Board of Directors. Torch.AI is a highly differentiated, mission-driven technology company filled with veterans who remain committed to enabling business results, while serving the taxpayer. I look forward to working with Torch.AI to support the company’s goals.”

With 34 years of experience in the United States Navy, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and as a commissioned officer in United States Air Force, Mr. Geurts brings unparalleled perspectives and knowledge in acquisition, research and sustainment, enabling operational forces. Before his retirement in August 2021Mr. Geurts served as Under Secretary of the Navy, serving as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Navy Department Management. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Geurts served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition from 2017 to 2021. In this role, he oversaw an annual budget of $148 billion, covering all research, development, acquisition, production, contracting and sustainment for the US Navy, US Marines Corps and allies and partners. In this role, he became widely known for his leadership in driving acquisition innovations to enable business results. In addition to his executive service, Mr. Geurts has decades of leadership and acquisition experience in a variety of roles, including a position as Director of Acquisition for USSOCOM, where he was responsible for acquisition, science and technology and logistical support for all special operations. Forces.

Mr. Geurts’ achievements have earned him notable recognition from private and public institutions, including the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award, USSOCOM Medal, William Perry Award and the Federal Times Vanguard Award for Executive of the Year.

“Hondo is well known in Defense circles as a thoughtful and innovative leader who understands the end-user perspective.” noted David Kervin, CEO of Torch.AI Federal. “It’s focused on the end user and how you innovate at the department level to enable the system to be delivered to the combatant. I’m incredibly excited to be working with Hondo to accelerate and operationalize data using AI for the Ministry of Defence.

Torch.AI’s flagship product, Nexus, leverages patented AI technology to automatically process data and instantly translate data objects into machine-readable output in real time. This innovative approach to data processing dramatically improves the efficiency, effectiveness and security of large-scale data projects.

Torch.AI continues its impressive growth trajectory with the appointment of Geurts following Torch.AI’s recent acquisition of Datatech, a data analytics company supporting the Department of Defense.

“It is a privilege to welcome an extremely experienced leader like Hondo to our advisory board,” said Brian Weaver, Chairman and CEO of Torch.AI. “Like the other members of our Board of Directors, Hondo is convinced that thoughtful innovation leads to positive change in the world. His decades of expertise and leadership in technology acquisitions and defense intelligence provide a point of view. new and essential view to our diverse board of directors. I look forward to Hondo improving outcomes for our national security partners.”

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Torch.AI makes data easier for humans to use. Our software changes the paradigm of data and digital workflows, forever solving the major barriers caused by the ever-increasing volume and complexity of information. Customers benefit from a single unifying solution that begins by instantly deconstructing and extracting value from data using AI, in real time.

Purpose-built for high-speed, large-scale data processing, the platform is equipped with security features, flexible data workloads, compliance capabilities, and drag-and-drop functionality unmatched in the landscape. current technology. The company’s solutions have helped fight fraud, secure information, make better, trusted decisions, scale operational capabilities and create better customer experiences.

To learn more about the company’s vision for AI unification, visit the website at Torch.AI

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Nomination of Lisa Gomez as Assistant Secretary of Labor for EBSA sent to Senate for vote https://athenasite.net/nomination-of-lisa-gomez-as-assistant-secretary-of-labor-for-ebsa-sent-to-senate-for-vote/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:00:56 +0000 https://athenasite.net/nomination-of-lisa-gomez-as-assistant-secretary-of-labor-for-ebsa-sent-to-senate-for-vote/ US Senate Chamber. (Photo: Courtesy of the Capitol Architect) The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Thursday again approved the appointment of Lisa Gomez to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration. Along with the Republican opposition, the committee voted, 12 to 9, to send the nomination […]]]>
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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Thursday again approved the appointment of Lisa Gomez to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Along with the Republican opposition, the committee voted, 12 to 9, to send the nomination to the full Senate. Gomez’s nomination was one of many that were reapproved during the short session.

It now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

Gomez was originally appointed to lead EBSA in July 2021 and in December the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved her appointment, 12-10. However, his nomination never went to the Senate.

According to Senate rules, nominations that have not been voted on in a session of Congress must be resubmitted by the president and again considered by the committee responsible for the nomination before being submitted to the full Senate. . The first session of the 117th Congress is over, so President Biden had to resubmit Gomez’s nomination.

During Thursday’s meeting, Senate committee chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said she supports Gomez’s nomination, as well as the other nominees. Although Republicans opposed the nomination, no senator spoke in opposition.

However, Republicans have openly opposed a proposed Labor Department rule that would allow trustees to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance factors when selecting and exercising shareholder rights.

Republican Senate Labor, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina was among the Republicans who last month signed a letter to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh asking him to withdraw the controversial proposal.

Gomez is a partner at the law firm Cohen, Weiss and Simon, where she chaired the firm’s executive committee. She specialized in employee benefits law.

At her confirmation hearing in October, Gomez told the committee that her work has focused on protecting the benefits of workers and their families and helping them understand their benefits.

“He also focused on advising plan sponsors to understand and appreciate their responsibilities to participants and their families,” she said in her opening statement. “My extensive experience with plans covering employees and employers in a wide range of industries, with different concerns and needs, has given me a better understanding of how best to serve them.

EBSA was headed by Ali Khawar, who served as Deputy Secretary. If Gomez is confirmed, Khawar would remain as senior deputy undersecretary.

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Four names in the hat for Wicklow GAA deputy secretary https://athenasite.net/four-names-in-the-hat-for-wicklow-gaa-deputy-secretary/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 16:49:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/four-names-in-the-hat-for-wicklow-gaa-deputy-secretary/ Four names are in the hat for the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA. ick Hagan, Trevor Culbert, Denis Mangan and Eddie Leonard are the four nominees for the role which was opened following the resignation of Paul Wilson from Hollywood – due to professional engagements – the day after the […]]]>

Four names are in the hat for the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA.

ick Hagan, Trevor Culbert, Denis Mangan and Eddie Leonard are the four nominees for the role which was opened following the resignation of Paul Wilson from Hollywood – due to professional engagements – the day after the county convention from 2021.

One of Paul Wilson’s main roles in recent years has been that of match secretary, although it is not clear whether his successor will take on this role as well as the job of assistant secretary.

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Trevor Culbert of Rathnew is one of four men holding the vacant post of Deputy Secretary on the County Wicklow GAA Board of Directors.

Rathnew’s Trevor Culbert brings a wealth of sporting and business experience to the table. He was Rathnew club secretary from 2009-2012 and was a team administrator for the senior Wicklow footballers during Harry Murphy’s time at the helm.

He also did two stints as a referee administrator at Wicklow and taught referees at Croke Park. Most recently he was involved with Wicklow RFC as a coach and he was most recently appointed Quality Manager at Randridge International LTD in Bray, having recently left Mercury.

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Mick Hagan will join Trevor Culbert, Eddie Leonard and Denis Mangan in the race for Assistant Secretary.

Mick Hagan stepped down as vice president at the December GAA convention, ending 50 years of uninterrupted administrative service at the regional and county level, and would bring extensive calendar experience.

The man from the St Patrick’s club has served Wicklow GAA in almost every role of the county executive, including several terms as county president.

His first matchlist was drawn up in 1972 and was for the East Junior Hurling League which was won by St Patrick’s who beat Avondale in the final.

Mick Hagan also represented Wicklow on the GAA Central Council for 12 years and on the Leinster Council for five years.

He was County President when Mick O’Dwyer’s services were secured for Garden County.

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Denis Mangan d’Aughrim who is seeking the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA.

Denis Mangan of Aughrim is a familiar figure around the County Grounds where he works as a fully qualified Event Controller on match days and other events, having obtained his qualifications through IT Carlow and Croke Park.

Denis has served as secretary of the Aughrim GAA club in the past, spent five years on the Wicklow GAA CKC Disciplinary Committee, coached alongside Hugh Kenny with the Wicklow GAA Academy teams in 2014 and 2015 and is said to have a very good understanding of how Wicklow GAA works. .

He also played a key role in the development team which was tasked with helping clubs organize their development games. He joined Peter Case of Donard and Billy Byrne of Avondale on that team.

Denis also enjoyed the time spent as a UEFA ‘A’ coach with Bray Wanderers and Longford Town football clubs.

Outside of sport, he worked in the public service his entire professional life and rose through the ranks to become a senior manager before his retirement.

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Eddie Leonard’s name is in the hat for the role of Assistant Secretary.

Eddie Leonard of St Patrick’s has been involved with his club and the Wicklow GAA for many years. He has been a referee since 1984 when the late Peter Keogh encouraged him to take charge of a centennial final.

Eddie served as the juvenile meet secretary twice, from 2005 to 2009 and then in 2014. He was also responsible for the administration of referees at the adult level on two occasions.

He has been involved with St Patrick’s for 40 years and has served as Assistant Secretary, Club Registrar and is currently the Field Coordinator.

He was the manager of the Wicklow minor football team in 2003 and was involved with the Under-20s management team in 2005/2006.

Eddie worked in insurance from 1976 to 2015, working for the same company that started as PMPA and ended under the AXA flag for all those years.

In 2021, he served as Chair of the Referee Administration Group and was responsible for Referee Reports and all administration in terms of Adult and Minor Referees at Wicklow GAA.

The election of the assistant secretary will be by postal vote in the coming weeks.

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FHRAI appoints Abhishek Kumar as Deputy Secretary General https://athenasite.net/fhrai-appoints-abhishek-kumar-as-deputy-secretary-general/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:38:14 +0000 https://athenasite.net/fhrai-appoints-abhishek-kumar-as-deputy-secretary-general/ Kumar will bring 15 years of experience to help drive FHRAI’s brand building initiatives and create avenues to improve the association’s visibility through the media. The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has appointed Abhishek Kumar as Deputy Secretary General. Prior to joining FHRAI, Kumar was Deputy Managing Director of the Indian […]]]>

Kumar will bring 15 years of experience to help drive FHRAI’s brand building initiatives and create avenues to improve the association’s visibility through the media.


The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has appointed Abhishek Kumar as Deputy Secretary General. Prior to joining FHRAI, Kumar was Deputy Managing Director of the Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA).

A communications professional with 15 years of experience, he will help lead the brand building initiatives of the FHRAI and create avenues to improve the visibility of the association through the media. With experience in liaising with government agencies, industry stakeholders and chambers of industry, Kumar will add value to the association’s existing liaison mechanism.

“Having previously worked for an Association, the experience will facilitate my smooth transition. The Secretariat has made remarkable progress in the policy and advocacy landscape for the hospitality industry and I plan to do the same. It would be my effort to maintain regular dialogues with industry stakeholders, including key government officials, and to make new connections through other important avenues. It is very important for any industry body to have a very accurate story for the industry and I plan to contribute more to FHRAI. I am committed to working closely with the Secretary General and members of the Bureau to work towards creating an enabling and cohesive environment for the hospitality industry, ”said Abhishek Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, FHRAI.




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Emergency Management Veteran Jerome Hauer Named Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner https://athenasite.net/emergency-management-veteran-jerome-hauer-named-honorary-new-york-city-fire-commissioner/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 18:32:44 +0000 https://athenasite.net/emergency-management-veteran-jerome-hauer-named-honorary-new-york-city-fire-commissioner/ Former Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer, Ph.D., was sworn in as Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner in honor of his achievements and support for firefighters. Hauer is Senior Advisor at Teneo Risk, Board Member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Member of the Johns […]]]>

Former Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer, Ph.D., was sworn in as Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner in honor of his achievements and support for firefighters.

Hauer is Senior Advisor at Teneo Risk, Board Member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Member of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Humanitarian Health Advisory Board and Editor Deputy Chief of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine.

In 1996, Hauer was appointed the first director of the Office of Emergency Management for New York City. Hauer was appointed Acting First Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office in 2002, where he coordinated preparedness and response efforts, including chemical, biological and radiological. He was senior adviser to the secretary of national security and emergency management following the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax letters.

Previously, he was Executive Director of the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency and Director of State Emergency Medical Services and its Department of Fire and Construction Services, and previously Assistant Director of Emergency Management for New York City Emergency Medical Services.

Hauer was also director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) at George Washington University; where he worked with the Department of Homeland Security on first responder training for the National Capital Region (NCR) and was an assistant professor at the School of Public Health & Health Services and the School of Medicine. He has also advised the Columbia University School of Public Health, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Stanford School of Medicine, and developed the first device to re-inject mediastinal blood spilled after heart surgery.

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Unaisi Vuniwaqa appointed Under-Secretary General for Safety and Security https://athenasite.net/unaisi-vuniwaqa-appointed-under-secretary-general-for-safety-and-security/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/unaisi-vuniwaqa-appointed-under-secretary-general-for-safety-and-security/ [Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa. photo: Melanesian Women Today] Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa of Fiji has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security. Vuniwaqa succeeds Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland. As Deputy Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Vuniwaqa will be responsible for day-to-day management, supporting the overall direction and management of […]]]>

[Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa. photo: Melanesian Women Today]

Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa of Fiji has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Vuniwaqa succeeds Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland.

As Deputy Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Vuniwaqa will be responsible for day-to-day management, supporting the overall direction and management of the Department.

Vuniwaqa has over 35 years of law enforcement experience at the national and international levels, and most recently served as Commissioner of Police and Head of the United Nations Police Component within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which has been instrumental in promoting ‘gender-responsive policing’. ‘ initiatives that have resulted in the rapid achievement of the uniform gender parity targets set for 2028.

She was previously Assistant Commissioner of Police Administration in the Fiji Police, having started her police career in 1986 and worked her way up through the ranks, since then holding a variety of operational and management positions including strategic planning, training, human resources and community policing.

Vuniwaqa holds an MBA from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

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