Presenters

Gaddi H. Vasquez
Ambassador, United Nations, Rome
Keynote Speaker, Opening Session
Thursday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.

Gaddi H. Vasquez

Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez is the 8th United States Representative to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organizations. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 2006. Mr. Vasquez was sworn into office on September 7, 2006 by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Mr. Vasquez most recently served as the Director of the United States Peace Corps and became the third-longest serving Director in the Peace Corps’ 45 year history. Under Mr. Vasquez’s leadership, the Peace Corps realized a 30-year high of Volunteers in the field, significantly enhanced the safety and security systems world wide, and also oversaw the largest congressional appropriation in the Peace Corps’ history for three consecutive years. During his tenure, the Peace Corps also worked with six countries to participate in the President’s Emergency Plan for AI DS Relief, opened an historic program in Mexico, and directed the entry or re-entry into 21 Peace Corps countries.

Ambassador Vasquez's public career includes service at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government. He began his 29-year career in public service as a police officer in Orange, California. Mr. Vasquez served as an appointee of three former California Governors and was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush to federal commissions.

Mr. Vasquez is an active public servant and has received numerous awards for leadership and community service, including: the Outstanding Alumni Award by the American Association of Community Colleges, the Coro Foundation Crystal Eagle Award, and the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund Globe and Anchor Award. He is the recipient of the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce Award for Community Leadership, the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, and the B'nai Brith Award for Leadership and Community Service.

A native of Carrizo Springs, Texas, Mr. Vasquez is the son of migrant farm workers of Mexican descent who instilled in him a strong work ethic and the value of always giving his utmost to any endeavor. Mr. Vasquez became the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands and has served as a trustee professor at Chapman University. In addition, he has been the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.

Wang Shenghong
President, Fudan University, China
Keynote Speaker
Friday, April 18, 9:15 a.m.
Wang Shenghong

Wang Shenghong, a professor of precision machinery engineering and computational mechanics, became president of Fudan University in 1999. Graduating from Department of Precision Mechanical Engineering of Shanghai University of Science and Technology in 1965, Professor Wang furthered his studies and research at Purdue University, University of Arizona, and University of Texas at Austin, USA, from 1981 to 1983.

Professor Wang has long been engaged in the teaching and research of Structural Design of Precision Tracking Radars, Radio Telescopes and Large-scale Antenna Systems, and Computational Mechanics. He was in charge of many research programs including “Twenty-meter Satellite-antenna System within the K.C Frequency Range”, “Six-meter-caliber Long Baseline Interferometer Radio Telescope”, “Optimal Design of the Large-scale Antenna System”, and “Reliability Analysis of Macrostructures”. His publications include Structural Design of Electronic Appliances, and Finite Element Method and Its Application.

Prof. Wang’s many awards include the First Prize, National Science and Technology Progress Award, First Prize, National Education and Research Award, and First Prize, Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award, President’s Medal, George Washington University, USA, and Lien d’Or, EM Lyon, France.

Prof. Wang served as Executive Vice President of Shanghai University of Science and Technology (1984-1986), President of Shanghai University (1987-1994), Deputy Director of China Electro-Mechanical Engineering Association (1982-1986), Chair of Shanghai International Education Exchange Association(1986-1994),Director General of the Education and Health Office, Shanghai Municipal Government, (1986-1994), Director of the Higher Education Bureau, Shanghai Municipal Government (1991-1994), and Vice Chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Branch (1998-2008). Prof. Wang is now Vice Chair of Chinese University President Association, Vice Chair of China International Education Exchanges Association, Member of The University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, and Member of The Ministry of Education’s International Academic Advisory Panel, The Republic of Singapore.  He is also Honorary Ph. D. of University of Manchester, National University of Ireland, Waseda University, Japan, and Chonnam National University, South Korea.

Werner Ziegler
President, Nuertingen-Geislingen University , Germany
Keynote Speaker
Friday, April 18, 1 p.m.
Werner Ziegler

Professor Werner Ziegler is the President of Nuertingen-Geislingen University in SW Germany. His academic background includes a doctorate degree in Bus. Admin. from the University of Hohenheim, Germany and a graduate degree (Diplom) in Business Administration from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany.

From 1990 to 2007 Professor Ziegler taught in the Management Department at Nuertingen-Geislingen University. During his tenure at Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Professor Ziegler held several high-level positions, including the positions of Vice-President of the University and Dean of the School of Business Administration. He serves as a Member of the Board of several German corporations.

Nuertingen-Geislingen University is a long-time partner of CSUF and exchanges many students and faculty members every year. It also carries out the Business Europe Study Tour (BEST) every year in June for CSUF students together with partners in France and Switzerland in 5 European countries: http://projekte.fhnw.ch/best

Jeanette T. Ndhlovu
Consul General of South Africa
Consul General Panel
Thursday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.
 
Ndhlovu

Jeanette Ndhlovu was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She completed both her primary and secondary education in South Africa. After the traumatic events of June 16, 1976, that led to the shooting and death of her youngest brother, Hastings Ndlovu, she and her two sisters Thandi and Granny left South Africa to campaign and fight for a new democratic order in South Africa
 
Before leaving the country, she was involved with the ANC underground structures helping to transport students into neighbouring countries.  She came to the United States in 1977 to help strengthen the anti-apartheid movement while also pursuing her education.  She enrolled at the University of Missouri where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1983.  She later completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
 
She joined the Observer Mission of the African National Congress (ANC) to the United Nations in 1987 she advocated for the protection and promotion of the rights of South Africans until her departure from the U.S. in 1994.  While with the United Nations Observer Mission, she received a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Counseling Psychology. She became instrumental in putting “women and children under apartheid” high on the agenda of the United Nations and thus the UN Nairobi Women’s Conference and ultimately of the Beijing Women’s Conference.
 
She was engaged in anti-apartheid campaigns at colleges and universities. She also addressed church, civic, labor and elected officials throughout the United States and traveled to the Caribbean promoting human rights for the oppressed people of South Africa. Additionally, she lobbied lawmakers to break economic, military and political ties with apartheid South Africa.  In 1994 she left for South Africa.
 
On arrival she served on the Management team of the Independent Electoral Commission, and helped in ensuring the success of the first ever-democratic elections.  In September 2000 she was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.  She also served on the Bureau of the World Summit for Sustainable Development as an ex-officio member as a rapporteur for a Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Disabled Persons, in her quest to end discrimination against disabled persons. She has a passion for human rights, particularly women and children’s rights; it is no wonder that she led South Africa’s New York delegation to the Commission of Human Rights in Geneva where she avidly advocated for civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.

She was appointed as Consul-General of the Republic of South Africa to Los Angeles in October 2004 and has since received several awards and commendations including the Black Business Association-Los Angeles Political Leadership Award; the Spring Secrets Diamond Courage Award and the Los Angeles African American Public Policy Institute Women of Action Award.

Zhang Yun
Consul General of of the People's Republic of China, Los Angeles
Consul General Panel
Friday, April 18, 10:30 a.m.
 
Zhang Yun

Mr. Zhang Yun, born in Anhui Province of China in January 1950, is a university graduate.

2007.4-  Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles

2004-2007.3-  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Singapore

2000-2004   Director General, Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1999-2000   Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Concurrent Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives

1995-1999   Counsellor and then Deputy Director General, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1993-1995  Counsellor, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

1989-1993  Secretary, General Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1987-1989  Second Secretary, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1983-1987  Third Secretary and then Second Secretary, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

1980-1983  Staff member and then Third Secretary, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1976-1980  Staff member, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of India

Consul General Zhang Yun is married with a son.

Abderahman Salaheldin
Consul General of Egypt
Consul General Panel
Friday, April 18, 10:30 a.m.
 
Salaheldin

Ambassador Abderahman Salaheldin serves as the Consul General for Egypt representing the states of Arizona, Alaska, California, Idaho, Washington, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii and Wyoming. Previously, he occupied positions such as Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America.

He also worked as Minister for Political and Congressional Affairs, and Director, UN Affairs for Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Included in his service is an assignment as Political Counselor, The Permanent Mission of Egypt at the United Nations dealing with Middle East and Peace keeping issues.

Mr. Salaheldin served as the Rapporteur of the UN Peace Keeping Committee, member of the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister and member of Egypt’s delegation to the “Madrid Middle East Peace Conference.”

Ambassador Salaheldin was First Secretary, Embassy of Egypt from 1986-1991 and has been a career Diplomat for more than 25 years.

Young-Chang Cho
Guest Cellist
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
 
Young-Chang Cho

Young-Chang Cho was born in Seoul in 1958. He started piano lessons at the age of five and three years later began cello lessons. Young-Chang Cho gave his first public performance as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve. The following year, he went to the United States to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and later with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After graduating from the N.E.C. in 1980, he continued his studies in Europe with Siegfried Palm and Mstislav Rostropovitch. Between 1981-1985, Young-Chang Cho won numerous prizes at international competitions, including the Rostropovitch International Cello Competition (Paris), Pablo Casals International Cello Competition (Budapest), and the ARD International Cello Competition (Munich). He also received prizes from international competitions for Piano Trio in Geneva and Munich, together with his two sisters in the Cho Piano Trio. His musical activities in different parts of the world include solo recitals, chamber concerts, radio and television appearances, CD recordings and concerts as a soloist with prominent orchestras including, Washington National Symphony (with M. Rostropovitch conducting), NHK Symphony in Japan, Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria, and Theatro Communale, Bologna in Italy.

Young-Chang Cho has been invited to several international music festivals, including the Kronberg International Cello Festival (1993 – in memory of Pablo Casals, 1995 – in memory of Emanuel Feuermann and Jacqueline De Pre and 1997 – celebrating the 70th birthday of M. Rostropovitch). Each time he gave solo recitals and master classes.

In 1994 and 1997 he was invited by M. Rostropovitch to be on the jury of the Rostropovitch International Cello Competition in Paris. He has also been invited to be on the jury of the ARD International Cello Competition and ARD International Duo Competition (Cello and Piano) in Munich.

The New York Times praised Young-Change Cho’s concerts “as on of the most exciting musical events of the year,” and The Strad wrote of him as “a player with atom-splitting control and seemingly endless powers of expression.” In 1987, Young-Chang Cho was appointed professor at the Folkwang Hochschule fur Musik in Essen, Germany.

Bongshin Ko
Featured Cellist
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
 
Bongshin Ko

Praised by critics for her “mastery of the instrument” with “great warmth and beauty,” cellist Bongshin Ko has appeared worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been invited as a featured soloist in countries all over the world.

She was the first Korean artist to be invited to the Chinese stage after the historic resumption of diplomatic relations between Korea and China in 1992. In 1997, she was also invited to perform the European and Asian premieres of new works for cello and orchestra dedicated to the celebration of Mstislav Rostropovich’s 70th birthday. In her frequent participation in many international musical events, she has collaborated with world-renowned artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Stein, Gunther Schuller and Semyon Bychkov. She has been invited to perform and teach at music festivals throughout the world.

As a recipient of over 30 international prizes and awards including the Dong-A Gold Award (Korea’s highest music award) she has made chamber music recordings and performed solo works to critical acclaim on television and radio throughout the world. She appears regularly on the Sundays Live Broadcast Concert Series (FM 105.1) in Los Angeles.

She is currently cello professor at California State University, Fullerton. She is also on faculty at Emmanuel Feuermann Conservatory in Kronberg, Germany as a guest exchange professor and returns to various annual festivals throughout the world. 

 


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