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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Karen Davila, 1st Pinay Media speaker at Harvard confab

Cheers to ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila for being the first Filipino media speaker invited to the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) held last Feb. 19 and 22 at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusettes. This year’s theme was “Linking Minds: Challenges in the 21st Century Asia.”

“It’s a big honor,” said Karen who was among last year’s TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men), for Broadcast Journalism. “I was happy to share my knowledge and experience to a diverse group of students who I know will someday be the world’s leaders and movers. I represented not only ABS-CBN but the whole country. Nakakataba ng puso talaga.”

Of the 300 delegates accepted to the HPAIR conference this year (1,000 others from all over the world were on the wait list), six came from the Philippines — Sheehan Joy Laguindam (Ateneo de Davao), Jeanne Burdeos (University of San Carlos), Althea Acas (UP Diliman, Law), Angelo Miciano (University of Asia & the Pacific), Aleem Guipal (Asian Institute of Management) and Diether Ocampo for KIDS Foundation.

“Most of the other delegates came from China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, India, Germany, Austria and other parts of Europe,” said Karen.

In its 18-year history, the HPAIR has held economic and business conferences in different parts of the world. Since it began in 1991, HPAIR has become the premier venue for the discussion of issues pertinent to the Asia-Pacific region and their effects around the world.

It’s only the second year that Harvard hosted the conference. Aside from Karen, experts and practitioners from around the world were invited to speak on issues regarding security, health, education, economics in Asia, the environment and gender equality.

Karen was the final speaker for the Social Policy workshop, on Gender Equality for Women in Asia.

“During my talk,” recalled Karen, “I showed documentaries from our show The Correspondents, revolving around issues about women.”

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