Interview with Nancy Prager-Kamel, Chairwoman of AFC on GCTV

The editor of eCCO Magazine would like to draw readers' attention to the fact that Global Connections Television (GCTV) interviewed Nancy Prager-Kamel, the Chairwoman of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA.The editor of eCCO Magazine would like to draw readers' attention to the fact that Global Connections Television (GCTV) interviewed Nancy Prager-Kamel, the Chairwoman of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA.

Global Connections Television (GCTV) has a talk show. GCTV is featuring its guests, from leaders at the UN to the private sector to academics to non-governmental organizations. International relations specialist Bill Miller hosts, the GCTV global connections program where he discusses world events with experts from various fields every week.Global Connections Television (GCTV) has a talk show. GCTV is featuring its guests, from leaders at the UN to the private sector to academics to non-governmental organizations. International relations specialist Bill Miller hosts, the GCTV global connections program where he discusses world events with experts from various fields every week.

Bill Miller, recently asked Nancy Prager-Kamel not only about the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA organization but also about her history, as well.

Bill Miller introduced Nancy Prager-Kamel, who is the Co-founder and CEO of Strategic Expansion Solutions, as well as the Chairwoman of the Board of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA, They discussed a potpourri of topics ranging from assaults on the media to human trafficking.

Nancy Prager-Kamel in 2009 was appointed as a Corporate Ambassador for the US Department of State and in 2010 she was appointed as a US National Commissioner for UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Answering Bill Miller's questions first Nancy Prager-Kamel introduced Strategic Expansion Solutions. She said: “it's a company that focuses on corporate and business solutions at the highest level. We represent countries with high-level initiatives that possibly for political reasons or others they have not been able to satisfy for themselves. The Company functions as, functioning as Corporate Diplomates."

Here are some questions and answers from the interview:


Bill Miller: You define yourself as a serial humanitarian. What is serial humanitarian?

Nancy Prager-Kamel: I wish I could say that I came up with that idea. This term was used in an article written about me; that was the way they described my life. It could mean a couple of things ... it could mean, that I don't focus on something or it could mean that I just have a lot of interests. 

I find that one need spawns another and so what would become serial was that I, being aware of a problem, would look for creative ways to resolve it. 

My original training and background was as a painter and so you know you think creatively by thinking out of the box. Even when I was the head of an investment bank I would always try to find people to work for me that had either music or art, some form of artistic expression, because I thought they are more eager and capable of being creative in solutions.

For instance, when channel 13 was starting PBS and they needed money, they asked me to help raise funds. We created the speaker's bureau of high-level experts who donated their speaking fees to PBS. I liked people and fortunately some people like me and so it's just been very easy when you have the enthusiasm and a passion to get people to get involved and provide support.

Bill Miller: You're also the chair as if you need something else to do you have so many activities underway with the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA. First of all what is that group and what is your role as chair?

Nancy Prager-Kamel: We represent foreign journalists who are living in this country and reporting on the activities in the US to their audience overseas. Covering all issues and all forms of journalism, not just print, it can be media, or blogging on the Internet.

We run programs for them; we do high-level panels so that the information is available to them at the highest level from the very people that are significantly involved in the subjects. We have one on opioid coming up and then we're doing one on the environment and shortly after that on technology. We offer our members a chance to really have high-level exposure.

Our major activity is the scholarship program. We give scholarships to foreign students studying in the US; studying journalism or an expansion of their journalistic interest. They could be studying finance because they work for a journal that like Wall Street Journal that has financial components to it. Our scholarships have been to foreign students for a modest amount of money but also offer a mentoring opportunity for them to really be exposed and participate at a highly professional level.

Bill Miller: We see journalism under attack in many areas of the world. We see it in countries, like Hungary, Turkey, the United States, Philippines, just all across the board. How serious is this problem?

Nancy Prager-Kamel: When I first got involved with journalism it was about 26 years ago. We spent a lot of time dealing with the deans of the big journalistic schools and I remember having lunch with the Dean of Columbia Journalism school. He was telling me for the first time they were starting a program teaching the journalists how to defend themselves most particularly when they go into a war zone.

I thought that's very interesting now you fast forward 26 late years later and you're actually talking about protecting themselves in all conditions and under all circumstances. They are an endangered species! Many countries today have been very aggressive and responsible for tremendous abuse against journalists.

The whole playing field has changed and so what we consider a profession other people feel is a challenge to their principles or to their actions. There has been monumental attempts to silence an opposing voice. We exist now in a 24-hour news cycle and because of that, I think it has given a different momentum to the task of journalism.

Bill Miller: You are also the appointments national commissioner for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. What was your position there and what did what one or two issues did you look at?

Nancy Prager-Kamel: Their issues are education science technology and in every one of these key issues they have programs. For instance, they have a fabulous program to support the culture of music and art.

One of the things that I did there that I very much enjoyed doing, was giving other people's money away. Laura Bush had a UNESCO Fund that was giving scholarships to young students through UNESCO to create unique overseas programs aimed at supporting the agencies principals.

Bill MillerYou alluded to it earlier as Corporate Ambassador. What was your position appointed by the US State Department? What exactly does a corporate ambassador do?

Nancy Prager-KamelThat was defined as representatives, who go to other countries, other places, other people and represent the principles and best efforts of the US.

The countries I went to were Egypt, they were looking to develop a civil society; at that point when we have so many NGOs many countries don't have any as an organizational part of their society.

So in an effort to support that we went there and gave them some training on how to form NGOs and the functions and benefits that they can give the community and to the country? 

Another time, country, I went to Morocco where they were trying to help amplify the capacity for entrepreneurs. The focus was on women. I went in order to give them tools to understand how you start a business, And to teach them about preparing for their initial financing .... the tools needed to write reports on their company, how to present their company, how to manage the due diligence process.

In the closing part of the interview, Bill Miller asked Nancy Prager-Kamel about her previous duties, and she enthusiastically talked about, including examples of how money was raised for UNICEF.

Nancy Prager-Kamel said “for instance, I knew that UNICEF needed money. It happened that I was a painter and so myself and Nane Annan who was the wife of Kofi Annan, (the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations) organized a painting exhibition with other UN delegates, who were also artists. We charged the ambassadors $50 to come into the UN to see the painting exhibition, and then we sold the paintings; overnight, we raised $35,000 for UNICEF. “

Nancy Prager-Kamel highlighted, “Being a serial humanitarian really is just like a puzzle; it all fits. For example when a crop fails, because the land becomes too arid and people have to leave they become immigrants. Consequently, they become refugees who may be subject to unwanted human rights aggression and offenses including trafficking exploitation. 

There are efforts I have been working with to halt this cycle Addressing the topic of environmental protection and climate change, as well."

Nancy Prager-Kamel answered, among others: “I think there are people working at solutions, I represent a company that has a water technology proven to be the cleanest technology in the world, We hope to get it into Africa for instance and give 500 million people access to clean water.“

She added: “Another product that they represent is a DNA treated hybrid tree, which in five years grows from a seedling to 60 feet. When you cut it down it regrows itself! This tree also deals with the carbon emission; it absorbs higher amounts of Carbon dioxide than any other tree. This can revegetate the soil, create new jobs, create new opportunities such as Carbon credits and is a very fiscally rewarding tree. Global Environmental Technology Partners has commercialized this technology which comes out of the universities and business."

Bill Miller in the interview, called the attention to the AFC USA website for more information about the organization. The viewers can go to the website of the AFC US, at www.foreignpresscorrespondents.org.

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Source: GCTV