British consul general taps expertise of university faculty
When Annabelle Malins, consul general of the British Consulate in Atlanta, wanted to learn about South Carolina on her first visit to the Palmetto State, she tapped the expertise of University of South Carolina faculty.
Malins and her colleague, Nick Bridge, counselor for global issues at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., had a breakfast meeting with university faculty Wednesday, Dec. 2, and attended the Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference, where they also talked with University President Harris Pastides.
Malins said she wanted to visit the university, one of several stops in Columbia because of its crucial role in helping to shape leadership in this region.
“I’ve been very interested to hear about some of the fantastic initiatives that the university is taking forward to contribute to the new economy of South Carolina and this region,” Malins said.
“Clearly, the university is focused on areas in which the UK is also very interested. We’re looking, for example, at clean energy and nuclear energy and ways in which we can help to grow our skills to prepare ourselves for a sustainable future.”
The university also can help educate her in terms of the politics of region, which is helpful in understanding the history and the continuing dynamic here in South Carolina.
Before her posting to Atlanta in September 2009, Malins was the consul for science and innovation at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco.
Malins met with Dr. Walter Edgar, Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies, George Washington Distinguished Professor of History and director of the university’s Institute for Southern Studies; Dr. Lacy Ford, chair of the history department and a longtime observer of culture and politics and an authority on South Carolina history; Dr. Paulo Guimaraes, a research associate professor in the Division of Research and the Economics Department at the Darla Moore School of Business; Michael Koman, director of the university’s Office of Sustainability; Dr. Ted Moore, vice president for finance and planning; and Dr. Ken Reifsnider, chair of the university’s Center for Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells.