Dean Geldres-Weiss's presentation was made as part of a panel entitled "Promoting Democracy in Developing World: Up Close and Personal," which included Katayoon Beshkardana (American); F.E. Guerra-Pujol (University of Central Florida); Alima Joned (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur); Lubna Nasser (DIGNITY-Danish Institute Against Torture);Christiana Tah (private practice), and moderated by Padideh Ala’i (American). The Panel Description provides:
The panelists will reflect on their work in the promotion of democracy in their native
countries and discuss the practical limitations and challenges to the democratic ideal
that they have experienced. Alima Joned will offer her perspectives based on her
experience as a law professor in Malaysia and a practicing lawyer in Washington, DC.
As one who grew up in post independent Malaysia, Alima would reflect on the country’s
transformation from a subsistent economy to a modern one and the challenges and
successes of Malaysia in building a functioning democracy. For her part, Christiana Tah
will share her experience as former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Liberia
to draw home the difficult challenge of fostering democracy and the rule of law in a post-
conflict environment. Christiana will also mull over the role of U.S. and other donor
countries, multilateral institutions and non-governmental organizations and their agenda
in Liberia. Lubna Nasser will speak about her experience as a human rights activist in
Jordan and challenges to democratic ideals in that context. Katayoon Beshkardana will
discuss inadequacy of laws and democratic procedures in addressing the tragedy of
women self-immolation and honor killings in Iran. Dean Valeska Geldres will speak about her work on the role of women in academic and leadership positions in Chile.
Dr. Geldres-Weiss' Conference Bio follows along with the PPT of her presentation.
Conference Bio: Dr. Valeska V. Geldres is the Dean of Faculty of Law and Business at La Frontera University in Chile. She is the first Dean at the faculty from 2014 (her second tenure as dean). Also, she was de first woman president of the “Chilean Association of Senior Staff of Management Business and Enterprise Schools” (ASFAE), which includes 31 public and private universities. Currently, she is working with the Association as “Past President”, after two periods as its President (2014-2018).Since 2018, she has been leading a group of women deans of Chilean Law Schools (total of 6 public and privet universities). The focus of the working group is to strengthenthe role of a woman in academic and leadership positions.She is Associate Professor of Marketing, she earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing from Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) and an integrated B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad Austral (Chile). Also completed a postdoctoral program at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Her research is focused in international business, firm ́s internationalization, firm ́s export, export innovation, and human capital internationalization. She publishes in international journals and works with researcher from Europe, Latin America and USA. At NPOC19, Valeska Geldres-Weiss will share her experience as the only female dean at her university in 37 years of its history. Also, she will tell the story of the female deans of Chilean Law Schools who work to advance women in leadership positions in the academic field and achieve greater gender equality for effective democracy across social scales and contexts.