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February 16, Official Day of Professor Manuel Freire-Garabal in the United States
H.E. Prof. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez HOKC, LLB, MBA, PhDH, FRAS, FRSA, FRAI, MRSAI (Santiago de Compostela, 1995) receives the Proclamation on February 16, 2021 at 6 pm (local time) of the City of North Miami Beach (United States of America) in a public ceremony at the City Hall.
The proclamation will consist of a solemn and public announcement issued and signed by Mayor Anthony F. DeFillippo constituting a legal document in which it will be confirmed that this is your official day for the city.
In 2020 he received the highest civil honors from the Governors and Secretaries of State of Kentucky (Kentucky Colonel) and Arkansas (Arkansas Traveler) based on his contributions to progress and outstanding service to the United States.
The newly appointed Special Envoy of the Presidency of the Republic of Madagascar, receives the highest civil honor as a consequence of his contributions to American society with his good friend Dr. Luis Suárez and the Suárez Museum of Natural Sciences and History, especially for the constant support to the population during the COVID-19 crisis through donations of food and toys, as well as their contributions to education in the city of North Miami Beach and the Miami County area.
Founded by Dr. Luis Suárez and Dayamy Rodríguez, the Suárez Museum of Natural Sciences and History is dedicated to learning about nature, animal fauna, exotic species and their habitat. The museum’s mission is to share information about wildlife while educating visitors about human-caused destruction to nature, animals, and their habitats.
Professor Freire-Garabal is the Special Envoy of the Republic of Madagascar, chaired by H.E. Andry Rajoelina. As Special Envoy of the Emerging Program integrated in the General Directorate of Presidential Projects – directed by H.E. Holijaona Raboana – seeks to fulfill the priorities and development of the Government of Madagascar in the social and economic spheres, complementing his attribution as personal advisor to the former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Prime Minister of Guinea, H.E. Lansana Kouyaté.
Professor Freire-Garabal has a bachelors degree in Law from the University of A Coruña and in Journalism from the National Association of Cuban Journalists in Exile. He has an MBA in “International Construction Management” from the European University of Madrid and has completed more than 300 courses and specializations in business, administration, health or safety from IVY League universities and top-level European business schools. He also holds two Doctor Honoris Causa degrees in the field of diplomacy.
He began in the educational field, through legal research with Professor Domingo Bello Janeiro of the University of La Coruña. Since then he has published nine books and a dozen articles on law and education.
Currently, Freire-Garabal is a professor at universities such as ICFAI, AUI and Noble International University, and holds positions of responsibility such as Vice President of Communications and Executive Director of the Board at AUI, Advisor to the Pranab Mukherjee Presidential Chair for Development Sustainable, Research, Skills Development and Education at ICFAI University, or senior advisor to IIC University of Technology and City University.
Professor Freire-Garabal has lectured and participated in events at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at universities such as MIT, Harvard, Oxford or New York University. He has also been invited to contribute to official blogs at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, University of Southern California, Indiana University or Oregon University; in press like MSNBC and companies like Microsoft. He has been a guest contributor to the French newspapers Le Figaro and Le Monde. Since 2021, he has devoted himself exclusively to The Economic Times and The Times of India through his online blog “Disruption in Higher Education”.
He is an elected member of Spanish and American academies (corresponding and numerary) and elected distinguished member (fellow) of entities such as the Royal Asiatic Society, Royal Society of Arts and Royal Anthropological Institute; he is an elected member of the Royal Society of Saint George in the United Kingdom and an elected member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.
He works in educational philanthropy, to which he has contributed with Al-Khalifa Business School, giving more than 300,000 scholarships to Africa, the UK and the Commonwealth in 2020.
For his philanthropic work, he has been recognized by the National Centers for Internally Displaced Persons of Iraq and by PALEDEC, which included him in the 100 Pan African Change-Makers of 2020 for his contributions to the development of education in Africa.