Horn of Africa: Crisis and Humanitarian Response

06/03/2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM MT


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WorldDenver will host Emily White, State Department Regional Refugee Coordinator in Addis Ababa, to discuss the various factors driving conflict in the Horn of Africa region, as well as humanitarian and refugee assistance efforts by government and non-government organizations. Denver and Aurora Sister Cities International will join us to share more about their relationships with Axum and Adama, Ethiopia. Conversation will be moderated by Chuck Kreiman, Axum Committee Chair, Denver Sister Cities International.


Please consider a donation to DSCI Axum Committee's relief fund for the region. On the donation form, please indicate Axum in the Sister City selection, and Axum-Tigray Relief as the Specific Program.

Recommended reading: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/ethiopia-grave-humanitarian-crisis-unfolding-never-saw-hell-before-now-have

About Our Speaker

Emily White
Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa, US Embassy in Addis Ababa

Emily White is a U.S. diplomat currently serving as the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, overseeing $200 million in U.S. humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Eritrea.  Emily has over a decade of diplomatic experience with previous tours in Costa Rica, India, Mexico, and Washington, D.C., where she has advanced U.S. policy interests on topics that include climate change, migration, security, and human rights.  Emily holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to joining the State Department, Emily was a law clerk for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and worked as a private litigator and an elementary school teacher.   A Denver native, Emily is a graduate of East High School and considers Colorado as her home base.   

Moderated by:

Charles Kreiman
Chair, Denver Sister Cities International Axum Committee

Charles “Chuck” Kreiman first connected to Ethiopia in 1968 when he spent two years teaching history and English as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon his return to the US he pursued a career in affordable housing and community development with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and more recently as a consultant providing technical assistance to recipients of HUD funding. He renewed his connection to Ethiopia in 2011 when he attended the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Washington DC and returned to his home in Denver to join the Denver-Axum Sister Cities Committee. He traveled to Ethiopia in 2013 with the Sister Cities delegation and has been chair of the committee for the past several years, undertaking projects to assist Axum and promoting stronger links between Denver and Axum. Chuck is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopia and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Intro by:

Karlyn Shorb
CEO, Aurora Sister Cities International

Karlyn K. Shorb is the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Sister Cities International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global partnerships, trade and cultural and educational exchange on behalf of the city of Aurora, Colorado and its residents.  Karlyn is a licensed attorney with extensive administrative and organizational leadership experience.  She previously directed two academic programs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and, as a practitioner of law, managed a legal clinic dedicated to representing immigrant victims of violent crimes with humanitarian and other visa applications.  Currently, Karlyn serves on the executive committee of the Aurora Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and on the governing board of Visit Aurora, the city of Aurora’s convention and visitors bureau.  
Karlyn holds a B.A. in International Affairs and German from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  She is most recently a graduate of the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Aurora program—a program aimed at growing and engaging community leaders in the city of Aurora. In addition to English, Ms. Shorb speaks German, Italian and Spanish.  She is married with two sons.

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