Distinguished PhD Alumni to Join 90th Anniversary Celebration in Dubai

Timothy Afful-Koomson (F00) and Nancy Gleason (F12) will speak at event on December 6th
Timothy Afful-Koomson (F00) and Nancy Gleason (F12)

The Fletcher School is pleased to announce two guest speakers for the school’s 90th anniversary celebration in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Held concurrently with the COP28 climate change summit, the event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Business Bay from 7-9pm on Wednesday, December 6th.

Timothy Afful-Koomson (F00) is the Africa Regional Director of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), on secondment from the African Development Bank (AfDB). Prior to the secondment, he was the Chief Climate Finance Officer and the GCF Coordinator at the AfDB, where he mobilized and coordinated over $2 billion for climate finance projects. Dr. Afful-Koomson has deep experience in finance and development, having spent decades working with multilateral organizations and in the U.S. financial sector. He earned his PhD from the Fletcher School in 2000 and holds two previous degrees from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Ghana.

Nancy W. Gleason (F12) is Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with an emphasis on generative AI.  She considers societal impacts of education, employment disruption, continuous reskilling, and the role of industry in supporting upskilling of adults. Dr. Gleason is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Springer, 2018) and co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave, 2020). She holds a PhD and a MALD from the Fletcher School, along with an MSc from London School of Economics and a BA from George Washington University.

In addition to Dr. Afful-Koomson and Dr. Gleason, attendees will hear remarks from Dean ad interim Kelly Sims Gallagher and Professor Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the former President of Costa Rica. More information about the celebration can be found on the 90th anniversary webpage.