Upcoming Events

Roundtable Business Luncheon Series Sponsored by First Interstate Bank With Guest Speaker Dr. Andy David Israeli Consul General 

When: Tuesday, August 4th, 11:30am- 1:00pm

Where: First Interstate Bank Executive Board Room, Downtown Branch

Cost: $20 for Members/ $25 for Non-Members

Space is limited, call to RSVP today 406-728-3328 or email info@montanaworldaffairs.org

unnamedDr. Andy David, Israeli Consul General

Dr. Andy David began his appointment as Israel’s Consul General to the Pacific North-West in August 2012. In his last position he served as a policy advisor to the Foreign Minister. 

Since initiating his diplomatic career in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, he has held domestic positions including: Central Asian Countries Coordinator, the Euro-Asia Department, (1999); Political Counselor and head of the Euro-Asia section in Israel’s Agency for International Cooperation (2002-2004), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Deputy Spokesman (2008-2011). His overseas appointments include the positions of Deputy Head of Mission in Azerbaijan (1999 – 2001); Deputy Head of Mission in Hong-Kong (2001 -2002), And Deputy Consul General in Chicago and the Midwest (2004-2008). Dr. David has lectured at many universities in Israel and in the US, and pioneered a new cooperation initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs In the field of Homeland Security together with different agencies at the federal, state and local levels in the US.

Dr. David was born in Romania and immigrated at the age of two with his family to Israel. He earned three degrees at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University: Doctor of Dental Medicine; Master of Science; and Bachelor of Medical Science, graduating magna cum laude. He then went on to lecture, instruct, research and practice for the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University and was also a Medical Advisor for DENX Medical Device Company in Israel. Dr. David spent three years in the Israel Air Force and in RAFAEL, the Ministry of Defense’s Armament Development Authority. He is a graduate of the Executive Combating Terrorism program at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.

Dr. David believes that the California coast-line is second only to Israel as the perfect place for windsurfing, of which he has been an avid fan since the age of 13. He and his wife Ayelet are the proud parents of three children; Shir, Ron and Mika.

Global Competence Certification for Businesses 

Montana World Affairs Council and the Office of International Programs at UM present a special Global Competence Certification Program featuring Udo Fluck, PhD

When: March 19th from 9am to 2pm

Where: The Loft , 119 W. Main St.

Cost: $200/ person and $150/Council member

“Global Competence Certification for Businesses” with Udo Fluck, director of UM’s Global Gateway program. The two-part seminar designed for business owners, employees and individuals who want to enhance their cross-cultural competency. Advance registration required, check back for release of registration. The cost will include a catered lunch.

Sign up for this event today. 


“The Middle East and the US: What Went Wrong? The Hard Lessons of 1979″

Montana World Affairs Council and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) present a special MOLLI Community Program and World Affairs Council Distinguished Speakers Program featuring Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.)

When: Wednesday, January 28th, 3:30pm

Where:  North Ballroom, 3rd floor University Center, University of Montana (link to map)

This program is free and open to the public; $5 suggested donation

Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) is the former Vice Chair of the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the former national Vice Chair of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Mansfield Adjunct Professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center of the University of Montana and in 2000, founded the Montana World Affairs Council, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Montanans with the world around them.  Ambassador Johnson retired from the U.S. State Department after serving 30 years in a variety of foreign policy positions. He was United States Ambassador to Senegal from 1993-1996. At the time of his retirement, he was Deputy Inspector General of the State Department.

Mr. Johnson began his diplomatic career in Kuwait as a Commercial Attaché. He returned to Kuwait in 1991 as Deputy Chief of Mission to reopen the Embassy during the Desert Storm military campaign.  From 1989 – 1990, Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and was engaged in the Middle East peace process. From 1986 – 1989, Mr. Johnson held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.  His service in Africa includes postings in Kenya and Burkina Faso.  He served in the Office of Iranian Affairs and on the Iran Hostages Working Group from 1977 – 1980. In 1992, President George Bush awarded him the President’s Meritorious Service Award.  Mr. Johnson received a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA in International Economics from George Washington University.  He is a fourth generation Montanan and is married to Sally J. Cummins who is an Attorney-Adviser with the US State Department. They live in Lolo, Montana.