Listee Features — September 18, 2017

Petra Seidler


Driven by her desire to help build stability through economic development, Dr. Petra Seidler has spent more than two decades trying to bring peace to countries during or after war or a natural disaster. Being a change management consultant, she is currently working as a team leader with COWI (Denmark) in Ukraine for the European Investment Bank (EIB) financed project, “Ukraine Municipal Infrastructure Programme.” Dr. Seidler provides independent finance and management, consulting services, executive management, utilities and infrastructure development, and public relations and media management. She is working in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Egypt and Syria as a government-level project manager in donor-financed projects. ​ From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Seidler was the project director and

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Fueled by a longstanding desire to be a doctor, Estherina Shems worked hard to make her dreams a reality. The first step of her journey was to earn a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Lynchburg College in 1954 and an MD from Women’s Medical College in 1958. Then, degrees in hand, she set out to make her mark on the world of child psychiatry and became known for her passion for excellence and commitment to her patients. ​ After 45 years of service, Dr. Shems officially retired from her field in 2002. Her final role was that of an early intervention consultant for the Community Council for Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc., in Philadelphia, which she started in 1981. The

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