Mohammad Pournik, who worked on sustainable development with the United Nations, will discuss “Moral Dilemmas of a Development Worker” as part of the Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series at Fresno State.

His free, public talk will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Alice Peters Auditorium in the University Business Center.

Economic development professionals face moral dilemmas: working with unsavory regimes while confronting prolonged humanitarian crises amid war and political turmoil. Pournik will share his experience and reflect on the challenges in South Sudan and Yemen. Pournik retired from the United Nations Development Program, where he worked on sustainable development and poverty reduction throughout Asia and the Middle East.

The Ethics Center serves as the University’s hub of research, evaluation and practice for the ethical behaviors and thinking skills students need as they enter their chosen professions. Its mission is to understand and promote ethical leadership across the curriculum and within communities.

The center is supported by the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State. The lecture series is sponsored by a gift from the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Fiala, director of the Ethics Center, at or 559.278.2124.

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