International Career Pathways Speaker Series: Jake Kheel and UF Alum Dr. Yolanda Leon

Filed under Academic, Events on November 15, 2016.

As part of International Education Week, the UF International Center is hosting a talk with filmmaker Jake Kheel (co-director and producer of “Death by a Thousand Cuts”) and UF Alum and environmental activist Dr. Yolanda Leon as part of the International Career Pathways Speaker Series. See below for more information about the speakers and their studies. This event will take place on Friday, November 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the UF International Center Large Conference Room.

Kheel is a leader in the field of sustainable development. For over ten years he has diversely confronted social and environmental challenges in the Dominican Republic as Vice President of Sustainability of Grupo Puntacana and Vice President of the Grupo Puntacana Foundation, successfully implementing sustainability programs that have garnered the company many global sustainability awards.

In 2001, as a graduate student conducting his Master’s thesis, Jake saw firsthand the relentless deforestation in the Sierra de Bahoruco and the potential for conflict between neighboring Haiti and the Dominican Republic over this unique national park. This began a nearly two-decade interest in the Sierra de Bahoruco and its steady decline that eventually led him conceive of Death by a Thousand Cuts (Co-Director/Producer).

Dr.  Yolanda León is a research professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo and Grupo Jaragua. León is a biologist with a BS in Biology from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, a MSc in Zoology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. León is also a researcher and project manager for Grupo Jaragua, a non-profit organization that works for biodiversity conservation and community development in the Dominican Republic.