IWC Monthly Meeting - November
About this event :
Speaker: Lola N. Grace, Founder and Chairman of Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI)
We will be welcoming speaker Lola N. Grace of MECI who will discuss her new philanthropic venture here in Vaud. In 2016, MECI developed a pilot project “Youth to Youth Service Program” to assist unaccompanied minors living in Chamby. This is the charity IWC will be supporting this year. Come hear this very dynamic speaker discuss a pressing topic.
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Restaurant du Prieuré is easily accessible and a short walk from Pully Gare. Take bus numbers 4 and 25 to Pully Gare, or bus numbers 9, 47, 48 and 49 to Pully Clergière. Parking is available at the Coop, Migros and Pully Gare.
Lola Nashashibi Grace, Founder Middle East Children’s Institutehttp://www.mecinstitute.org/
Ms. Lola Nashashibi Grace has led an active career in Finance and is presently engaged in a number of venture philanthropic endeavors and community interests relating to education and biological research. In 2005, Lola founded the Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) an NGO focusing on women’s empowerment, economic development and educational programs for women and children victim of war in the Middle East. The program currently serves thousands of Syrians and Palestinians refugee women and children through its holistic comprehensive child-centered community development programs. In 2016, Ms. Grace began looking for Syrian children in Switzerland to help but realized that the majority of these children were living with their parents and integrating well. However, unaccompanied minors were not faring as well. In Chamby, above Montreux, 36 adolescents, 30 boys and 6 girls, aged 14-18 are living together in a foyer where their basic physical needs are being met and some schooling (mostly French) is provided.
Prior to becoming a philanthropist, Lola has led an active career in investment banking and asset management and is engaged in philanthropic and community endeavors relating to international development, education, and biological/genetic research. She was an investment banker for MorganStanley and First Boston in corporate finance prior to spending 15 years in the investment management and financial advisory business. Lola serves on the Advisory Board of Citi Private Bank EMEA. She is Honorary Trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a genetic and cancer research institute, where she served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and chaired the audit and finance committees. She founded the Women in Science project in Switzerland for the Center for Integrated Genetics at the University of Lausanne. Lola is a member of Women Moving Millions and is co-leading a task force on the international refugee crisis. She holds BA, MA, and MBA degrees from Stanford University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Raised in Latin America, Lola speaks four languages. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.
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