HUBERT H. HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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HUBERT H. HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM


(
September
2010



June
2011)



UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON



Individual Program
Report

for

Victor R.

Biran Jr.



























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Acknowledgements


Faculty Advisor



Professor Leigh Anderson (Evans School of Public Affairs, U.W.)


UW
Course coordinator
s and assistants



Dean Sandra Archibald, Ms Alixandra
Furness, and Ms Rachael Katz


IIE



Ms Judy Gibson and the rest of the staff at IIE


Professional contacts



Mr

Tim Durbel, Mr Akhtar Badshah, Mr Ken Pawlak, Mr
Scott Edwards (PA/Microsoft Corp advisors);


Lecturers



Professor Kelly McIvor and Professor Anita Verna Crofts
(Communication Dept), Professor Jon Down (Foster Business School), Dr Sean
O’Connor (Law Sch
ool), Professor James Ritcey (Engineering School)


School buddy



Dr Ann Buffardi (Evans School of Public Affairs, U.W.)


Roommates



Ms Shannon Qian, Ms Courtney Plummer, and Ms Ilyse Kramer
(MPA Grad students at the Evans School of Public Affairs, U.W.)


Family connection



Mr Fortunato Vega (Morgan Stanley)


AND

Ms Rahanna Juman (my HHH colleague from Trinidad and Tobago), the other
thirteen HHH Fellows at the University of Washington, and Ms Gina Joseph (my
other HHH colleague from Trinidad and Tobago,
based at Tulane University).

















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Overview


From September 4, 2010 to June 17, 2011, I spent an extraordinary year in the United
States of America as part of the 2010
-
2011 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.


The Humphrey Fellowship Program
is a full
-
time training component of the U.S.
Fulbright Program and provides a year of professional training in the U.S. for
experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are
selected based on their potential for leaders
hip and their commitment to public service in
either the public or private sector. Each year approximately 160
-
190 Fellows funded by
the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State engage in
non
-
degree study and related prof
essional experiences at selected U.S. universities. The
program is customized to suit the individual needs of each participant in relation to the
participant’s area of expertise and qualifications.


Overall, it was a rich and learning experience that has c
ompletely changed my
perspective of the world.


This document summarizes my experience during the fellowship year at the University of
Washington.





Intro
duction



My name is

Victor Ryan Biran Jr
.

and I am from Trinidad and Tobago. At the time of
selection for the Humphrey Program, I was the Telecommunications Sector Specialist for
the Ministry of Public Utilities in Trinidad and Tobago. My main duties in that role
were

the strategic planning and po
licy direction of a government
-
owned telecommunications
company.


In terms of academic background, I have a Masters in Telecommunications Regulation
and Policy from the University of the West Indies, a BSc in Computing and Information
Systems from the Univ
ersity of London, and a Diploma in Business Management from
San Fernando Technical Institute, Trinidad.


A
s an
HHH

fellow
at the University of Washington, and based on my professional
experience and academic background, my main interest during the year was

Technolo
gy
Policy and Management.

As such, I sought a broad level of courses through various
schools and departments at UW, professional development events and opportunities that
would suit my
current and future
needs

in the industry
, and a
technology
-
ori
ented
professional affiliation.



The overall plan for the
HHH
program was executed as follow:


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I.

Personal

G
oals

and
Achievements

of HH Fellowship
:


At the end of the nine
-
month Hubert H. Humphrey Program I have:





i
mproved my leadership,
management
, and
communication

skills;




u
nderstood the operation and management of
an
ICT

organizations




a
ffiliated
with

an ICT company

in the U.S.
;





b
uilt strong network and alliance with individuals
, industry specialists,
stakeholders
,
and
organizations involve
d

i
n
the ICT sector
;




g
ained insight on how
regulatory and
policy issues/ concerns are
addressed by the local, s
tate and federal government
;




e
xplored
how
global issues and concerns
are addressed by one of the
most developed ICT sectors in the world



e.g. u
niversal service
provisions and bridging the digital divide;




g
ained insight on the
advantages,
disadvantage

and general lessons
learned

through the evolution of the U.S. telecom industry;




a
cquired knowledge and exchange
d

expertise with professionals in the
United States of America in the same field of interest;




e
nhanced understanding
and appreciation
o
f my field

of expertise
;




p
articipated actively in cultural and social activities;

and




visited

some
states

of the U
.
S
.











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II.

Academic
Courses


A.

Autumn Quarter 2010

courses




PBAF
546
HHH
Leadership
Class

(1)

(audit)




Evans School of Public Affairs

The Humphrey seminar is a three
-
quarter sequence designed to bring together the
various elements of the Humphrey program in a multi
-
dimensional and interactive
setting. In fall quarter the focus
wa
s on three areas of professional and leadership
development
:




d
eveloping an understanding of your own management and leadership
strengths and weaknesses; developing cross
-
cultural communication skills
;




l
earning about the role governmental and non
-
governmental organizations
play in U.S. society
;



h
earing from, and
asking questions of, leaders in local and global
governmental and non
-
governmental organizations
.

(attended all classes)




COM 568
Mobile Technology and Communication

(5)

(audit)



Communication

Dep
ar
t
ment

This class e
xplored

the
impact of mobile technology on social, political, civic, and
business spheres.
It further strategized

how to make mobile an integrated part of a
broader media strategy.

(absent from
two

class
es

due to GLF in Washington DC

and a meeting with a
telecom consu
ltant respectively
)





ENTRE 510
Entrepreneurial Strategy

(4)
(audit)



Foster Business School

This class utilized

the tools of competitive strategy to analyze the success and
failure of entrepreneurial ventures, identifying general strategic principles that
might increase the probability that an entrepreneurial venture will succeed.
It
drew

heavily on the principles of microeconomics and strategy.

(absent from two classes due to late registration and GLF in Washington DC)








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B.

Winter Quarter 20
11

courses




PBAF 546
HHH Leadership Class

(1)

(audit)




Evans School of Public Affairs

Continuation of PBAF 546 from the Autumn
2010
Quarter;
also included site
visits to Microsoft Corp, the Gates Foundation, and the state capital


Olympia.





EE 417
Modern Wireless Co
mmunications

(4)

(sit
-
in)



Engineering School

This course r
eview
ed the

fundamentals of wireless communications including
signal and noise theory, modulation techniques, fading channels, error analysis,
synchronization, and coding
.





E589
IP Innovations in
Science & Technology

(2)
(audit)



School of Law

The course cover
ed

controversial intellectual property law and policy questions
arising from evolving science, technology and e
-
commerce, and
further
addresse
d

cutting edge issues from a multidisciplinary pers
pective.




C.

Spring Quarter 20
11

courses




PBAF 546
HHH Leadership Class

(1)




Evans School of Public Affairs

Continuation of PBAF 546 from the Winter
2011
Quarter.





I
NFO 330

Information Structures
(5
) (sit
-
in)



Information School

Introduction to
the concepts and methods used to analyze, store, manage, and
present informatio
n and navigation. Equal weight wa
s given to understanding
structures and implementing them. Topics include
d

information analysis and
organization methods, XML, and metadata conc
epts and application.





PBAF 513
Public Policy Analysis

(4)

(sit
-
in)





Evans School of Public Affiars





Cascade Course:
Resolving Conflict: Mediation & N
egotiation

(June

1
-
3
, 2011
)

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III.

P
rofessional Development and Training:


A.

Autumn Quarter 201
0




Attend
ed

seminars / trainings

/ conferences

on:




Seattle Management Association


Leadership Seminar



The Art of
Leadership in Business, Government, and Society



Seattle City Hall


09/15/2010




MIT Enterprise Forum


Cloud Computing Forum



Museum of History
and Industry
, Seattle



09/
22
/2010




MIT Enterprise Forum


Building a profitable company in today’s
environment


Union Sq Boardroom
, Seattle



10/07/2010




MIT Enterprise Forum


Incubators and Accelerators: The launchpad for
business success



Union Sq

Boardroom, Seattle, 11/04/2010




MIT Enterprise Forum


High Tech to Smart Grid: How Technology
Entrepreneurs can find opportunities in the Smart Grid Revolution


Meydenbaeur Center, Bellevue


11/10/2010




UW/IEEE Lecture Series


Speaking the Language of

Molecules


EE105,
Electrical Eng Building, UW


11/16/2010




UW/IEEE Lecture Series


Rethinking energy infrastructure


an IT
perspective



EE105, Electrical Engineering Building, UW


12/07/2010




MIT Enterprise Forum


NW Startup Demo


Fall 2010



Unio
n Sq
Boardroom, Seattle


12/09/2010





Visit
ed and i
nteract
ed

with
HH Fellows
at
The
Global Leadership
Forum
in Washington DC



24
-
28 Oct 2010
.







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B.

Winter Quarter 20
11




Attend
ed

seminar
s

/ training on:




MIT Enterprise Forum


Venture Lab unplugged



venture capital
unplugged



Union Sq Boardroom, Seattle,
02
/0
3
/201
1




MIT Enterprise Forum


Venture Lab unplugged


meet the angels



Union Sq Boardroom, Seattle, 03/03/2011




MIT Enterprise Forum


The Internet of things: business opportunities in a
wor
ld of wirelessly connected objects



Museum of History and Industry,
Seattle, 03/16/2011




Site v
isit
to
Microsoft
Corp
, 02/11/2011




Site v
isit
to the Gates Foundation
, 02/18/2011




C.

Spring Quarter 20
11




Attend
ed

conferences/
seminar
s

on:




American Management Association


Information Technology Project
Management


New York


4
-
6 April 2011




Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Wireless
Telecommunications Symposium (WTS)



New York


13
-
15 April 2011




MIT Enterprise Foru
m


DEMO


Union Sq Boardroom, Seattle,
(05/12/2011)





Visit
ed

and interact
ed

with Fellows
at Humphrey
retreat
in
Maryland



15
-
18 May, 2011
.







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IV.

Professional Affiliation:


A.

Winter

Quarter 201
1




Microsoft

Corp
, Redmond, WA


Objective:

The overall
objective of th
is affiliation wa
s a broad review and
analysis of the company’s operations with an emphasis on the technology
policy, mobile technology

development
, and
the company’s

operations in the
Latin America and Caribbean Region

as it relates to emerging and developing
markets. This was

accomplished by interacting with employees and the
relevant stakeholders through various meetings over the period January 10,
2011 to March 4, 2011.



V.

Other Activities


A
.

Cultural and Co
mmunity

Activities
:




Participate
d

actively in all HHH retreats and activities
;




Participated in some PCD events;




Participate
d

in
some
FIU
TS activities
; and




Attend
ed

social
events/
functions and obligations
.



B
.

Recreational Activities
:




Watch
ed

movies




Attend
ed

concerts
and music shows



-

Trans
-
Siberian

Winter Tour
,
Key Arena, Seattle
(11/13/2010);


-

Clinton Fearon Reggae
Show
,
Nectar Lounge,
Seattle (11/20/2010);

-

Marcy’s Playground,
Mercury Lounge,
NY (12/18/2010)
;


-

Lauryn

Hill


Bowery Ballroom, NY (01/01/2011)

-

U2 360’ Tour
, Qwest Field, Seattle

(06/04/2011)
.




Attend
ed

theater

shows




A Christmas Carol
,

ACT

Theater
, Seattle

(12/12/2010)
;

and


Great Expectations,
Seattle Center (02/13/2011)




Museums



National Museum
,

Washington DC (
10/26/2010);

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American Museum of Natural History, NY (04/11/2011)

Anchorage Museum, AK (04/21/2011)




Sports events




NBA:

NY Knicks V Miami Heat,
MSG,
NY (12/17/2010)
;




NY Knicks V Indiana Pacers,
MSG,
NY (01/02/2011)
;


Soccer:

Ecuado
r Vs Mexico, Qwest Field, Seattle (05/28/2011);




Went

hiking
, fishing

and camping
; and




Visit
ed

some
states

of
the
U
.
S
.
:






Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland,
&
Delaware


Oct 2010
;





New York


Dec 2010
&

Apr 2011
;





Louisiana


Feb 2011




Alaska



April 2011




Maryland


May 2011








Conclusion


The HHH program was a multi
-
faceted learning and enlightening experience


always eventful and enjoyable.


With careful planning, there was a focus on academic courses at UW in the Autumn

quarter, a professional affiliation at Microsoft in the Winter quarter, and professional
development and social activities in the Spring quarter.


As all these pieces of the puzzle fall into place,

I would consider my participation in
the 2010
-
2011 Huber
t H. Humphrey Program as extremely successful.

My view of
the world has broadened, I have learned to adapt and evolve like the technology
industry that I am a part of, and I have made many new friends and professional
contacts.


I am sure that the lessons

learned and the experience gained would impact and benefit
me throughout my life. I therefore wish to thank all those that made this year such a
huge success.