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Former British EU Ambassadors join forces with the Faculty of Management & Law’s Jean Monnet Network

Published: Mon 11 Sept 2017
Former British EU Ambassadors join forces with the Faculty of Management & Law’s Jean Monnet Network

Two former British EU Ambassadors and the University of Kigali (Rwanda) are joining forces with the Faculty of Management & Law’s Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age’.

On 29 August 2017 Jean-Marc Trouille, Lead Partner of the Jean Monnet Network, and Professor Wei Shen, both Jean Monnet Chairs respectively in Bradford and Lancaster, organised a very constructive meeting with Amb. David Macrae and Amb. Tim Clarke. The meeting took place at the Confucius Institute in Lancaster. Both were very enthusiastic in their support for the FoML’s Jean Monnet Network on strengthening regional economic integration in East Africa and promoting tripartite cooperation between Europe, Africa and China to generate sustainable growth in Africa. They will lend their expertise to the series of events planned by the Jean Monnet Network.

Amb. David Macrae is Chancellor of the University of Kigali (Rwanda). He was previously Ambassador of the European Union to Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and Rwanda. His diplomatic career also covered Chad, Gambia, Senegal, Zambia and other countries. He also worked for the EU’s DG Development on agricultural programmes in Sudan and Ethiopia. Most recently, he has been the Vice-President of the US University of Nigeria. Amb. Macrae and the University of Kigali will be valuable partners for the Network’s training and research activities scheduled next year in Rwanda and Burundi. David will also be involved in further events scheduled in the next three years around the world.

Amb. Tim Clarke spent eight years as Ambassador / Head of Delegation posted in Addis Ababa, where he was responsible for relations between the EU and the African Union, IGAD, Ethiopia and Djibouti; then later to Dar Es Salaam, where his responsibilities encompassed relations with Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC). Tim will be actively involved as a Honorary Member in the training and research events organised by the Jean Monnet Network. He has kindly agreed to give keynote speeches at the Second International Research Workshop and the First Training and Dialogue Session on Regional Integration, which will take place on 18 and 19 September in Arusha (Tanzania) in cooperation with the EAC.

About the Jean Monnet Network

The Jean Monnet Network is a unique endeavour to foster dialogue between academia and policy makers in a trilateral way between the European Union, Africa, and China, with a view to building sustainable societies in Africa for the benefit of all. This project is at the heart of the University of Bradford’s vision on sustainability.

The Network comprises partners from Bradford, Lancaster Management School and its Shandong campus, the University of the Peloponnese (Greece), USIU-Africa (Kenya), the Uongozi Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) Gulu University (Uganda), the Protestant Institute for Arts and Social Sciences (Kigali, Rwanda), and the University of Burundi with its UNESCO Chair. It counts several honorary partners and also has a partner from the University of Juba (South Sudan).

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