KSU Signs New MOU with CIFAL Atlanta, Continues Partnership with United Nations

March 24, 2016

CIFAL MOU SigningOn March 23rd, 2016 Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp signed a memorandum of understanding with Craig Lesser, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for CIFAL Atlanta.

The agreement continues the formal relationship between CIFAL and Kennesaw State that began three years ago when CIFAL Atlanta moved its headquarters to the University’s Division of Global Affairs. CIFAL Atlanta’s Executive Director Chris Young and Kennesaw State’s Vice-Provost for Global Affairs Dr. Lance Askildson also attended the signing ceremony.

CIFAL Atlanta is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2004 by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to strengthen the capacities of government authorities, private sector and civil society stakeholders.

CIFAL Atlanta provides executive training throughout the world and acts as a hub for information, communication and knowledge exchange between government authorities, non-government organizations, international organizations, the private sector, civil society, and academic institutions. Its programs provide access to knowledge, experience, resources and best practices in the ares of social and economic development and environmental sustainability. In doing so, it aims to foster multi-stakeholder collaboration in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Thanks to the new MOU, Kennesaw State University and CIFAL Atlanta will continue to host joint programming and development opportunities, and will work together to expand each other’s footprint around the globe.

Askildson and Lesser

KSU Vice-Provost for Global Affairs (Left) with Craig Lesser, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for CIFAL Atlanta


CIFAL Atlanta Executive Director Chris Young (top left) with Dr. Lance Askildson (top right), Craig Lesser (bottom left), and Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp (bottom right)



Askildson Leaning


Craig Lesser and Dan Papp

CIFAL MOU Group Photo

-Patrick Harbin