“I’ve been amazed at how HKS emphasizes leadership and problem-solving skills,” she says. “Even in classes that aren’t ostensibly about leadership, your professors are always pushing you to ask good questions.” She reels off a list of them: “How do you listen? How do you bring in different voices? How do you break down a problem into parts? How do you lead a team and bring people together?”The child of Somali nomads who spent her formative years in Canada, Osman worked in commercial banking and at the United Nations before returning to Somalia. Working for the country’s central bank and ministry of finance, she relished the chance to help shape Somalia’s fiscal policies.“Debt relief, payment systems, access to financing — all these things are so important,” Osman explains. “They feed the peace agenda in a country because they pave the way for development projects. You must have these building blocks in place if you’re going to create lasting peace.”As a mid-career student and Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellow, Osman has drawn wisdom and strength from her HKS classmates, whose backgrounds and experience span countries and sectors. “Our experiences are surprisingly similar,” she says of her fellow students from developing countries. “I’ve loved being a part of this tight-knit cohort and having access to people who understand me. Our countries may be different, but we’ve gone through some very similar things and we can help each other.”Osman isn’t leaving the sidewalks and lattes behind just yet; she’ll spend next semester in Cambridge, doing additional research on state-building, before returning to Somalia to resume her work with the government. Though she’s grateful for the extra time stateside, she’s also excited to return.“I fell in love with public service in Somalia,” she says. “I definitely needed some perspective, and the chance to gain new tools — but I left knowing I was coming back. I’m excited to go back. I can’t imagine myself doing anything better with my life.”This article was originally published on Harvard Kennedy School’s Student Life web page in May. It has been lightly edited. When Hodan Osman, M.C./M.P.A. Mason Fellow 2018, arrived in Cambridge last summer, she knew exactly what she was looking for. After spending nearly five years working in Somalia’s fledging government, the former banker had three things in mind.“I came to the U.S. to find lattes and sidewalks,” Osman says with a laugh. “I’d been working in Mogadishu since 2013, and we would hear explosions outside the compound while we were having meetings about the country’s financial future. We’d order lunch, and you’d hear the bombs dropping. It’s amazing what you come to accept as normal.”While Cambridge certainly has sidewalks and lattes in abundance, the third thing Osman was searching for proved a bit more elusive.“I’m passionate about state-building,” she says. “After spending several years working in a new government, I wanted to know: Is there a process for state-building? A formula? An A to Z? We’ve been doing things that are new in Somalia, but these things are not new in the world. I wanted to find models, answers, a how-to guide.”Perhaps unsurprisingly, Osman’s time at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has left her with few definitive answers. Instead, she has gained a new appreciation for asking the right questions. “I’ve loved being a part of this tight-knit cohort and having access to people who understand me. Our countries may be different, but we’ve gone through some very similar things and we can help each other.” — Hodan Osman, M.C./M.P.A. Mason Fellow 2018
continue reading » understand that brand and culture are important to millennials. Appeal to members of this generation by using current technology and using it well. Ivan Seselj, CEO of Promapp Solutions in Auckland, New Zealand, (with U.S. headquarters in San Francisco) offers the following pointers to help organizations get the most from their millennial employees. Credit unions should:realize millennials want to constantly grow, tackling new responsibilities, challenges and opportunities. “They also want to be part of the solution and, as such, want a say in what occurs on the job,” he says. In turn, credit unions should demonstrate a willingness to listen and act on their input when appropriate. provide millennials a way to become involved in the community; they want to make a difference in the world. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Indonesian coal miners may lose buyers because of a regulation that requires coal exporters to only use domestic shipping companies and insurance services, experts have warned.The head of the marketing and logistics department at the Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) Hendri Tan said that many overseas buyers would choose to import coal from other countries because of the shipping policy, which will take effect in May, this year.“Some of our buyers told us they would buy coal from other countries,” Hendri said in Jakarta on Feb. 20. Most of Indonesia’s coal exports are based on Free on Board (FoB), in which the buyers are responsible for shipping and insurance costs. According to Hendri, many importers feared the lack of Indonesian ships would hamper the transportation of coal to their countries.In addition, Indonesia has few ships that meet international shipping standards to ship coal overseas, he said.“If the regulation is enforced without any exceptions, then our exports could fall 99 or even 100 percent,” Hendri told The Jakarta Post.The absence of technical instructions for the regulation and a lack of clarity about how the regulation is to implemented has created more uncertainty for both coal producers and importers, the APBI argued. The regulation, which requires coal exporters to transport coal using Indonesian flagged ships, was initially set to take effect in April 2018 but Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No.80/2018 delayed the implementation until May 2020.According to data compiled by the APBI, the total deadweight tonnage (DWT) of all national-flagged bulk carriers is only 3.5 million metric tons. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s exports reach between 35 and 38 million tons of t coal per month.A total of 78 out of 109 locally owned bulk carriers are also more than 15 years old, meaning they are unable to dock in countries that have strict standards on the age of vessels, the APBI’s document reads.“Importers such as Japan will not accept our ships because they are too old and unsafe. We also usually use Panamax (mid-sized cargo ships) for long hauls, and only 18 Panamax are owned by local companies,” said APBI member Tulus Sebastian Situmeang.The association’s secretary-general Hendra Sinadia said he hoped the government would withhold the regulation’s implementation, as stakeholders were wary of the uncertainty. (mpr)Topics :
Tomorrow Peter Creedon’s senior side will travel to Brewster Park for their Round 3 game of the National Football League. Tipp will be looking to continue their momentum in Division 3 after their 12 point win over Limerick their second round game in Semple Stadium. And Brian Lacey says the Tipp forwards have shown they can overcome tough defensive systems. That game at Brewster Park, Enniskillen throws-in at 2 o’clock this Sunday and we’ll have live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Ormond Tiles, Summerhill, Nenagh and Larkins Gala Store, Ballina.
Pedro Chelsea have completed the signing of Spain international forward Pedro.The World Cup winner was given the green light to join Jose Mourinho’s side after the Blues agreed a £21.4million deal with Barcelona.He has now signed a long-term contract with the Premier League champions after undergoing a successful medical at the club’s training ground on Thursday afternoon.“I am very happy to be here,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles.“Thanks to the club and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to put the blue shirt on.”Pedro had been a top target for Manchester United, with their executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward holding talks with Barca chiefs earlier this week over a deal.But Chelsea made a late move for the 28-year-old and acted quickly to wrap up a deal ahead of their Premier League rivals.Pedro will have some familiar faces at Stamford Bridge in fellow Spain internationals Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa. 1