OUR Staff

James Bacchus

Director

 james.bacchus@ucf.edu

James Bacchus is Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity of the University of Central Florida. He was a founding judge and was twice the Chairman – the chief judge – of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization. He is a former Member of the Congress of the United States, from Florida, and he served on the High-Level Advisory Panel to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Professor Bacchus is the author of the books Trade and Freedom (London: Cameron May, 2004) and The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity (London: Cambridge University Press, 2018). He is engaged in numerous innovative and  collaborative efforts worldwide to achieve all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals on the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

 

Alexandra Ramirez

Administrative Assistant

alexandra.ramirez@ucf.edu

Alexandra Ramirez
Alexandra Ramirez is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity (GEEO). Ms. Ramirez’s responsibilities include office management and coordinating logistics, which helps keep GEEO organized and up-to-date. Her background in healthcare includes formal work experience and volunteering at hospitals, private practices, and residential care homes. Ms. Ramirez specializes in diversity and multiculturalism in order to promote inclusion for the University of Central Florida (UCF). Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Service Administration and supports the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a personal emphasis on goals 3, 4, 5, 10, and 17.

Please contact Ms. Ramirez for more information about how to get involved with GEEO.

 

Kari Williams 

Program Assistant

 kari.williams@ucf.edu

Kari Williams
Kari Williams is the Program Assistant for the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida (GEEO). Kari supports center development, partnerships, and operations. Her role includes supporting GEEO’s engagement with sustainable development as set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She has conducted humanitarian and development operations in 13 countries. Kari is a Rotary International Peace Fellow and an Institute for Economics and Peace Global Peace Index Ambassador. Kari also serves as a consultant for the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College. She holds a M.A. in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from the University of Central Florida. Kari supports the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.