HIGHLAND PARK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY- 1015 SNELLING AVENUE SOUTH
SPONSORED BY UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION of the USA, Harold E. Stassen Minnesota Chapter
Severin (Sev) Oman recently returned to his native Minnesota, and is the Executive Director of Minnesota Brownfields, an organization which promotes the clean-up and development of contaminated land, to improve the environment, promote economic development, and benefit people and communities.
Sev worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for five years. He focused on designing and implementing projects to support development of the agribusiness sector in Armenia, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Previously Sev worked with the Millennium Villages Project of Columbia University, which focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (the precursor to the Sustainable Development Goals) in Mali, Senegal, Ghana, Burundi and Ivory Coast. This work in Africa was directed to supporting communities becoming more productive in agriculture, growing enough food for family nutritional needs, and making linkages with markets for excess production.
Sev graduated from Grinnell College (BA in Russian Studies), the Schukin Theater Conservatory in Moscow, Russia (MFA in acting) and Thunderbird School of Global Management (MBA). Most important to him is his family, and he enjoys art, writing, running and travel. Sev is on the board of the United Nations Association of Minnesota.
His presentation will focus on his experiences with UNIDO and FAO in Armenia and Bangladesh, with examples of the type of work that the UN is doing to support countries to develop their agricultural and agro-industrial sectors.