Future of Our Planet: Kakabadse’s Residency Continues with Lecture Streamed Live

| April 10, 2012
Webster University Global Leader in Residence

Benjamin Akande, Beth Stroble and Julian Schuster welcome Yolanda Kakabadse to Webster as Global Leader in Residence.

Webster University Global Leader in Residence


Yolanda Kakabadse’s visit as a Webster University 2012 Global Leader in Residence began last night with the President’s Opening Reception and introductory remarks in Edward Jones Commons of the East Academic Building.

Lecture Streamed Live Tonight

Her residence continues today, highlighted by a public lecture tonight presented by SustainEdge: “Destination You: The Future of Our Planet” at 6 p.m. (reception at 5 p.m.) in Room 253 of the East Academic Building.

The lecture will also be streamed live on the Web at webster.edu/live.

Privileged To Be In This Moment

Monday night, Kakabadse’s remarks focused on how “privileged” she feels. The president of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International said she is privileged “to be a member of this planet,” privileged to be working on issues that affect its inhabitants and privileged to see her work with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) lead to opportunities like this — a chance to collaborate and interact with young people like Webster students who will guide the planet in the future.

(Also a privilege: To spend time with her four grandchildren, naturally.)

Webster University Global Leader in Residence

Kakabadse charmed at the President's Opening Reception.

Kakabadse’s work as a student on environmental issues in her native Ecuador has led her to several such opportunities over the years — the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro being one highlight she still fondly recalls for the diverse minds it brought together and the planet-focused trajectory it initiated.

Kakabadse marvels at how the WWF she now leads has evolved from an organization focused on preserving the endangered large mammals of Africa to “market transformation” — to participating in water, energy, food production and all the critical issues involved with stewardship of our planet.

Yesterday’s remarks, including introductions from Webster University President Beth Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster, and HOK vice chariman Clark Davis, were recorded and the video will be added to this post.

Kakabadse is the inaugural Global Leader in Residence in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, presented by Novus. Learn more about the Global Leaders in Residence here.


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