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GeoQuest: Focus on Chile with Deputy Director Andrew Griffin

Deputy Director Andrew Griffin: Focus on Chile

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for a virtual program with Deputy Director Andrew Griffin who will be discussing Chile’s culture, geography, current events, and the similarities/ differences between Chile and Montana.

Thursday, October 29th
9:15 AM MT

This program is part of Montana World Affairs Council’s GeoQuest program.

All grades are welcome to attend the program. Students do not need to be participating in the GeoQuest program in order to attend the program. All Montana World Affairs Council youth programs are free.  

Deputy Director Andrew Griffin Bio

Andrew Griffin is a career Foreign Service Officer with nearly 15 years of diplomatic experience.  He currently serves as Deputy Director in the Office of Global Change of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/EGC).  From March to July 2020, he held the position of Acting Economic and Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, where he also served from July 2017 to March 2020 as Economic Unit Chief.  Before his assignment to Chile, he served from 2013-2017 as the Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Hub Officer for South America, based in Lima, Peru.

Prior to Lima, Andrew served as Alternate U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States (WHA/USOAS), where he covered energy, environment, urban sustainability, and climate change issues.  Previously, he served as an Economic/ESTH officer at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China.

Andrew’s first Foreign Service assignment was a consular position at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba.  Prior to joining the Service, he worked at the Pan American Health Organization as a consultant on health sector reform.  Andrew received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University, concentrating his studies principally on economic and social development in Latin America.  Born and raised in Evanston, IL, he is married and has two children.

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GeoQuest: Focus on South Korea with Consul General Hyung-jong Lee

Consul General Hyung-jong Lee: Focus on South Korea

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for a virtual program with Consul General Lee who will be discussing the Republic of Korea’s culture, geography, current events, and the similarities/ differences between South Korea and Montana.

TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, November 4th

10:15 AM MT

This program is part of Montana World Affairs Council’s GeoQuest program.

All grades are welcome to attend the program. Students do not need to be participating in the GeoQuest program in order to attend the program.
All Montana World Affairs Council youth programs are free.

  

Consul General Hyung-jong Lee Bio

Consul General Hyung-jong Lee has had a distinguished career with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), which he joined in 1990, after graduating from Seoul National University. From 1992 to 1994 Consul General Lee earned his M.A. degree in Economic Science at University College in Dublin, Ireland. Throughout his career, Consul General Lee has served the Korean government in various positions in France, Libya, and Cambodia. Before coming to the Pacific Northwest in December of 2017, Consul General Lee was Director-General for Global Economic Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul.

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GeoQuest: Focus on Egypt with Ambassador Anne Patterson

Ambassador Anne Patterson: Focus on Egypt

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for a virtual program with US Ambassador Anne Patterson (ret.) who will be discussing current day Egypt’s culture, geography, current events, and the similarities/ differences between Egypt and Montana.

Wednesday, October 7th
9:15 AM MT

This program is part of Montana World Affairs Council’s GeoQuest program.

All grades are welcome to attend the program. Students do not need to be participating in the GeoQuest program in order to attend the program.
All Montana World Affairs Council youth programs are free.

Ambassador Anne Patterson Bio

Ambassador Patterson was the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and North African Affairs at the Department of State (2013-2017) before being appointed to the Dow Jones Special Committee in April 2018. She served as Ambassador to Egypt (2011-2013), to Pakistan (2007-2010), to Colombia (2000-2003) and to El Salvador (1997-2000). She recently retired with the rank of Career Ambassador after more than four decades in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Patterson also served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, among other assignments. She is currently a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale and a member of the Commission on National Defense Strategy.

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