Footsteps Global Initiative: Bosnia and Cuba

Presentation & Reception

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Join us for a journey of the heart as Echo 2016 Student Ambassadors share what they have learned from their experiences in Footsteps Global Initiative: Bosnia. We will also unveil our plans for Footsteps Global Initiative: Cuba 2017 (application online October 2016).

Connect with others interested in Echo’s work for humanity and meet the Student Ambassadors at a reception hosted by UNC Charlotte immediately following presentations.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome –  Echo Society Members, Friends, Donors, Teachers, Prospective Footsteps Cuba Student Ambassadors and their Parents, and the Bosnian Community of Charlotte. If you love Echo, invite your friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there!

To attend please register with:


For more information call The Echo Foundation at 704-347-3844 or email



Ideology, Conflict & Hope: The Bosnia Project

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

With Special Guest

Haris HrleHIS EXCELLENCY HARIS HRLE, Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the United States

His Excellency Haris Hrle was appointed Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Ambassador to the United States in September 2015. His Excellency most recently served as BiH Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, prior to that he has also served as Ambassador to Australia. He was appointed by BiH Presidency on the proposal of Bosniak Presidency member Bakir Izrtbegovic.



2 MIRSADDR. MIRSAD HADZIKADIC, Executive Director, Data Science Initiative; Director, Complex Systems Institute, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic has over thirty years of information technology experience combining business and academic environments. Hadzikadic joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1987 after receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  From 1991 to 1997, Hadzikadic served as the Director of the Department of Medical Informatics and Department of Orthopedic Informatics of the Carolinas HealthCare System.  In 1998, he joined Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group as Manager in the Health Systems Integration Service Line.  He returned full time to the University in January 1999 to assume the chair position in Computer Science and serve as Associate Director of the School of Information Technology.  Hadzikadic helped to shepherd the transition from a school in the College of Engineering into an independent College of Computing and Informatics, and served as its Founding Dean.


Guest Panel


ALEKSANDAR HEMON, Author and MacArthur Genius

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.  He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. 



RON HAVIV, Award-Winning Photojournalist & Co-Founder of VII

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries in a career that has spanned three decades. His work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s work in the Balkans was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, his first photography book, is dedicated to this subject.



ELISABETH ZEROFSKY, Editorial Staff, The New Yorker

Elisabeth Zerofsky is on the Editorial Staff for The New Yorker where she has written extensively on French affairs and more recently, Bosnia. Her writing has also appeared in n+1, the New Republic, and Harper’s. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in French Studies. Zerofsky was a Fulbright fellow in Paris from 2008 to 2009 and an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York from 2010-2012.


For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact The Echo Foundation at 704-347-3844

What Can ONE Person Do?

March 12, 1997, as the culmination of a community-wide, year-long educational Elie Wiesel Project, internationally revered humanitarian and Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel spoke “Against Indifference” to more than 23,000 students and adults. So inspired was he by this visit to Charlotte that, as he left, he challenged the community to act on its convictions in the critical areas of human dignity, justice and moral courage.

Then, in an extraordinary act of faith in action, he offered seed money and his own assistance in obtaining speakers and developing programs to address these critical issues. And so, rather than allow his visit to pass like a benevolent breeze, we decided to harness it, using it to create The Echo Foundation and our mission:

With Elie Wiesel serving as Honorary Chair, The Echo Foundation…promotes justice and inspires hope through education, service and the development of leadership for a more humane world.


Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone #

Your Message (required)