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Former President of Cape Verde to speak at Wellesley College Friday

Posted by Evan Allen  January 7, 2013 10:10 AM

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The former president of Cape Verde will speak at Wellesley College on Friday as part of the opening of the 2013 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs.

Former President Pedro Pires will discuss Cape Verde’s transition to democracy. Former United States Congressman Barney Frank will give opening remarks.

Pires was the president of Cape Verde from 2001-2011, according to the college, after it gained independence from Portugal. He won The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2011.

“Cape Verde’s transition to democracy has served as a powerful example to other West African nations,” said Joanne Murray, Director of the Albright Institute, in a release from the college. “President Pires’ continuing leadership of the Amilcar Cabral Foundation shows his extended commitment to this effort. His leadership throughout offers a beacon for this year's Albright Fellows class, a group of women who will be among the next generation of world leaders.”

The Albright Institute was launched in 2010 to educate women to fulfill global leadership positions, according to the college. This year, 40 Wellesley College students from 13 different countries will spend several weeks learning from institute faculty, including 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Albright herself.

Pires will speak in Portuguese, and translation will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 106 Central Street in Wellesley.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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