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Influencers webThe India Gateway and the Fisher College of Business hosted a round table conversation on July 22 at Taj Santacruz in Mumbai. The discussion featured key imperatives that are shaping U.S.-India business relations and brought together a group of alumni who are influencers across diverse domains such as academia, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare and technology in private and government sectors in India.

The unique vantage point of the invitees within their current organizations, along with broad professional experience and excellent knowledge of working with U.S. businesses, enabled interesting insights. The group spoke about their education at the Fisher College of Business and its importance in their professional pursuits. Each participant elaborated on the current scenario of business in India defining scope, value and the key trends. It was also an opportunity for the group to learn about the engagements in India from Peter Ward, director of the Center of Operations Excellence, and about strategic perspectives on internationalization from Anil Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business, who joined in via video conference. The roundtable was designed to identify productive future engagements.

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BlrAlumniGathering2019 webBangalore was the  location for our first alumni networking gathering in the new academic year. It turned out to be a fantastic day on June 16 for alumni to connect with local Buckeyes. The gathering witnessed a diverse group of professionals with different backgrounds and broad work experiences. Engaging activities were planned for the morning including a group activity that centered on topical discussions in areas of healthcare, academia, business and operations, technology and start-ups. Alumni teamed up within their expertise areas for engrossing conversations and sharing key trends and top challenges they see as well as things they learned at Ohio State that have helped them professionally.

The India Gateway team shared the latest updates around activities  in India. The meet up concluded with a group picture that illustrated everyone’s true Buckeye spirit!

The Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University has appointed Padmini Roy-Dixon executive director of the Global Gateways. Roy-Dixon is an experienced leader in new business development and financial management and for the past 10 years has spearheaded high priority projects and engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

She most recently served as chief of the Business Services Division and the Office of Opportunities for New Americans at the Ohio Development Services Agency, where she managed 40 employees, oversaw more than 30 individual programs, distributed $75 million in grants and loans, as well as improved effectiveness, compliance and efficiencies within the organization.

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Danielle Schoon and Melinda McClimans awards UITL grantDanielle V. Schoon, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Melinda McClimans, Middle East Studies Center, were awarded a $2,000 Research and Implementation Grant from the University Institute of Teaching and Learning (UITL) at The Ohio State University to conduct a study during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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U.N. Sustainable Development GoalsThe Ohio State University has formally joined a United Nations initiative to help solve global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The university is now a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a group of more than 60 leading U.S. academic institutions mobilizing global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Aline Gabbardo, PhD is an Ohio State material engineering alumna.

From April 15-21, we had the amazing opportunity to live the Buckeye experience...and we loved every minute of it!

My time as a PhD student at Ohio State was an amazing opportunity— a long journey of learning and growth. I’m happy to briefly share this experience with you.

I graduated with a PhD degree in materials science and engineering this May at the Spring 2019 Commencement. I’m a fresh alumna and a very proud Buckeye!

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In the previous edition of this newsletter, we introduced the new Brazilian Students Association (BRASA) leadership for the academic year 2019-2020. We would now like to give a special thanks and highlight the successes of those who started the organization, kept it running and brought it back after some time of inactivity.
These are talented people who were able to do great things for the Brazilian community on campus and still keep up with school work, dissertations and thesis. We are proud to have you all as Buckeyes!

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In this series we will feature some of the new Brazilian students who will be coming to Ohio State autumn semester. In this edition we introduce Helen Toledo Moreira de Almeida, a Brazilian attorney who will pursue her LL.M (master of laws) at the Moritz College of Law. Welcome Buckeyes!

My name is Helen Toledo Moreira de Almeida, and I am a graduate from Universidade do Vale do Paraíba) in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil. Upon graduating from Law school, I pursued two post graduate programs, specializing in labor law and sports law. After I passed the Brazilian BAR Exam, I developed my career with focus on employment, business sports, contracts and corporate law, working on various lawsuits and contracts for multinational companies in Brazil.

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Luana Lamberti in Helvécia, Brazil

A fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Luana Lamberti is doing a fieldwork in Helvécia, an Afro-Brazilian community in Bahia this summer. "I am learning about the community’s cultural expressions and language. They are a recognized maroon society with a rich cultural background. The “bate-barriga” is an example of one of their ancestral perfomances and Dona Faustina teaches the dance to the young people from Helvécia.”

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We are proud to introduce the new Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) leadership at Ohio State.

Luana Lamberti is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her interests are in Hispanic linguistics and Afro-varieties of Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. Lamberti served as vice president in 2018-2019 and now will be the organization’s president. During her vice presidency, she helped BRASA secure third place in the food competition at Taste of OSU.

Giovanna Tavares Decenzi will serve at vice president. She began her studies at Kent State University, where she was the vice president and president of the International Student Council and International Women’s Group, respectively. She was also the event coordinator of the Brazilian Organization at Kent State. Last year, she transferred to Ohio State and is studying marketing with a minor in organizational performance. Decenzi is also affiliated with Alpha Chi Omega on campus.

Vanessa Hart, who will serve at treasurer, is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in communications. Hart grew up in Jundiai, São Paulo and moved to the United States in 2011. She came here as an exchange student and fell in love with the country and culture. She is now working towards her career in communications with a strong interest in media and advertising.

If you want to become a member or stay up-to-date with BRASA, visit org.osu.edu/brasa or facebook.com/buckeyebrasa.