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Islands Society Appoints Inland Islands Society Managing Director

Washington, DC, April 18, 2016 --( Today, the Islands Society announces the appointment of Bremen de Haan as Managing Director of the Inland Islands Society. He will now lead the nonprofit’s efforts to increase the participation of individuals and sub-national organizations from lake island communities and river island communities to more fully participate in international relations.

De Haan will help establish, through leadership and outreach, the importance of a River Islands and Lake Islands identity and why it is valuable to identify these communities.

“We are extremely excited to have deHaan joining the team,” says Keiko Ono, vice president of the Islands Society. “It is clear that he is passionate about improving the quality of life in lake island and river island communities through his work in international relations.”

Over the next several months, de Haan will be responsible for helping the organization better understand the needs of islanders across the region and then sharing that information with others through blogs, forums, social media and other media channels. Additionally, he will develop and implement content, marketing, and community engagement strategies in his new role.

“I am excited about the new challenges that await me and look forward to working with the Islands Society team to further the Inlands Island communities’ international recognition and bring a larger voice to an often overlooked community,” de Haan explains.

About Bremen de Haan
De Haan comes with a wealth of experience and a keen interest in the underrepresented river islands and lake islands which compose the Inland Islands. He has joined the Islands Society to help further develop and grow Inland Islands Society’s international profile.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, Australia, where he was recipient of the Rotary Academic Peace Fellowship.

De Haan has worked with the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama as well as with Save the Children in Beijing, China. Most recently, he worked for an international consulting firm focusing on the international social sector where he was point person for many international and national clients working to increase local involvement on a national scale as well as increase the effective outreach of many NGOs.

About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policy makers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society (Honolulu, Hawaii), Sea Islands Society (Charleston, South Carolina), Caribbean Islands Society (Miami, Florida), Remote Islands Society (Tokyo, Japan), and Southeast Asian Islands Society (Washington, DC).

About the Inlands Islands Society
The Inland Islands Society is a regional society of the Islands Society. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from lake island communities and river island communities to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.

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