Gibraltar Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interns Meet With Chief Minister Picardo

Gibraltar Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interns Meet With Chief Minister Picardo

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Jodie Klein
October 08, 2013

Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar, was the featured guest at a luncheon, which took place at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars' (TWC) headquarters. The special meeting provided the first 11 students participating in the Gibraltar Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Training Program with the opportunity to meet the Chief Minister as well as members of his cabinet who also work in education initiatives in Gibraltar. They included:


  • Minister Gilbert Licudi
  • Chief Secretary Ernest Gomez
  • Private Secretary Javier Redondo
  • Director of Education Joey Britto

The program is a result of a new agreement between the government of Gibraltar and TWC and offers full scholarships to 60 Gibraltarian students over the next three years to participate in a tailored academic internship program in Washington, D.C.


Chief Minister Picardo expressed his excitement about the opportunity to sit down with the students to hear and discuss their achievements in the nation's capital over the past month. He encouraged students to take the time to reflect on the opportunities provided to them during their internships this fall: “I hope this experience is not just something you enjoy, but something that helps you all immensely in the future. Understanding how corporations and the legal system in the U.S. work is a huge asset for your future.”


TWC’s Chief International Officer and Senior Vice President, Pilar Mendiola-Fernández, encouraged the students from Gibraltar to recognize the diplomatic implications of their time: “You are ambassadors that can help D.C. learn about the complexities of your location in the world.”


In addition to interning at different private and public sector organizations for 15 weeks, the students attend classes and lectures on sustainable development, entrepreneurship, innovation, global trade, e-commerce, commercial trade, water management and green technologies. The full scholarship covers tuition, housing, visa fees and health insurance for each student. Chief Minister Picardo left the Gibraltar students with these words of wisdom: “You are the pioneers, and I hope you can look back and see that you broke ground on something really special.”


The 11 students and universities participating in the first ever Gibraltar Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Training Program include:


  1. Joanna Baglietto-The University of Liverpool
  2. Sean Ballester-The University of Nottingham
  3. Daniel Benitez-Leeds Metropolitan University
  4. Roshni Daswani-University of Kent
  5. Germaine Estella-Southampton Solent University
  6. Mark Origo-University Centre Peterborough
  7. Chloe Parker-Leeds Metropolitan University
  8. Paul Patron-University of the West of England
  9. Liam Payas-Coventry University
  10. Daniel Strain-Webber-University of Glamorgan
  11. Karl Tilbury-The University of Liverpool

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