The Alaska World Affairs Council Presents


Nathaniel York, Ayub Azizi, Stanfil Marcus Stanfill

“International Aid Efficiency: Making Dollars Count”

Friday, 10th December, 2010 – Hilton Hotel
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. – Program begins at 12:00 p.m.
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Lunch Program $20 for Members – $25 for Non-Members – $10 for Coffee Only

Nathanial York
Founder and Executive Director, Solace International
Returning to Alaska from Afghanistan in 2002 after work with aid organizations in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, Nate founded Solace International. Moved by requests from Afghan teachers and students, Nate began recruiting volunteers and organizing U.S. fundraising events while shuttling back-and-forth to oversee the construction of schools in rural villages in Northern Afghanistan. While traveling back and forth from Afghanistan and Alaska, Nathaniel earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Alaska Pacific University in 2002. Other field experience includes supervising U.N. aid distribution in Bosnia during the conflict in that region.

Ayub Azizi
Studies in Philosophy – University of Kabul
Field Director, Malawi
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Ayub was the first of his family to attend university. He studied philosophy and writing. Because of the dangers posed by the Taliban in Kabul, Ayub fled with his family to the Northern City of Sheberghan. Ayub joined the Solace team in 2003 and was vital to the success of every Solace project in Afghanistan. In 2006 Ayub and his family moved to Malawi where he is now the Field Director for Solace. His tireless work in developing the Solace Mangochi Fish Farm has led to one of the few successful fish production facilities in a country where most other farms – funded into the millions of dollars – have failed. He is the basis for the character Ayub.

Stanfill Marcus Stanfill
B.A. Technical and Visual Communication – University of Alaska Anchorage ‘02
He has been the writer, designer, and marketing director for Solace International, for the past eight years. Working in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005, he documented the progress of the construction of seven schools for girls through journals and photographs. His current work includes writing and directing short PSA videos for the City of Seattle. Other creative credits include top honors in Alaska Poetry Slam finals.

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