AWQ: Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict with Ambassador Hesham Youssef

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for an Academic WorldQuest program “Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict” with Ambassador Hesham Youssef

Tuesday, March 2nd
1:30 – 2:45 PM

Educators who sign up will receive a zoom link and password the week before the program.

Ambassador Hesham Youssef Bio:
Ambassador Hesham Youssef was a career diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt. From 2014-2019, he served as Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Social Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and completed his term in July 2019. From 2001-2014, he served as a senior official in the Arab League, as Official Spokesman and later the Chief of Staff to Secretary General Amr Moussa from 2003- 2011. From 2012-2014, Mr. Youssef was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr. Nabil Elaraby, on issues pertaining to crisis management as well as the reform of the Arab League.

Amb. Youssef has worked extensively on conflict resolution in the Middle East and in particular the Arab Israeli conflict, reconciliation in Iraq and the situation in Sudan. He has written several papers on reform in the Arab world and focused in the last five years on fragility and the humanitarian situation in the Islamic world, in particular in Somalia, the Palestinian Territories, Chad, Niger and Myanmar.

Amb. Youssef joined the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in 1985. He was posted to the Egyptian Embassy in Canada (1988-1992) and the Egyptian Mission in Geneva where he focused on economic and trade issues in the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (1995-1999). He was a member of the Cabinet of the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs in the periods 1992-1995 and 1999-2001.

Amb. Youssef graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Faculty of Science, Cairo University, in 1980. From 1980-83, he taught at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He holds master’s degrees from St. John’s College (New Mexico) and the American University in Cairo.

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AWQ: Country in Focus: Uzbekistan with Ambassador Pamela Spratlen

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for an Academic WorldQuest program “Country in Focus: Uzbekistan” with US Ambassador Pamela Spratlen (ret.)

Monday, March 1st
9:00 AM- 10:15 AM MT

Educators who sign up will receive a zoom link and password the week before the program.

Ambassador Pamela Spratlen Bio:
A career member of the Foreign Service, Pamela L. Spratlen has over 20 years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of assignments. She is currently Senior Advisor of the Office of Inspector General in the US State Department, Inspections Division. Before holding her current position, Spratlen was nominated by President Barack Obama to be US Ambassador to Uzbekistan and was sworn in as Ambassador in 2014. Previous to her appointment as Ambassador to Uzbekistan, she was the US Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, and prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ambassador Spratlen’s senior Washington assignments include her roles as Director of Western European Affairs (2007-08), Director of Central Asian Affairs (2006-2007), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia (December 2007 – May 2008) and Special Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department (2005-2006). Ambassador Spratlen served overseas as Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia (2002-2004). Prior to that, she served as Assistance Coordinator at the US Embassy in Moscow (2000-2002). She was a Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu in 2004-2005. Ambassador Spratlen served in two multilateral missions, including the U.S Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (USOECD-Paris, 1995-1998) and the US Mission to the Organization of American States (USOAS, 1992-94). She worked in the Executive Secretariat of the State Department (1999-2000) and spent her first tour in Guatemala (1990-1992).

Ambassador Spratlen received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and she also holds master’s degrees from the Army War College (Strategic Studies – Distance, 2006) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School (Public Policy, 1981). Ambassador Spratlen has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards at State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she served for almost nine years as a professional committee staff member in the California Legislature. Ambassador Spratlen speaks Russian, French, and Spanish.

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GeoQuest: Focus on Ireland with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the US

GeoQuest: Focus on Ireland with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the US

Ambassador Daniel Mulhall: Focus on Ireland

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for a virtual program with Ambassador Daniel Mulhall who will be discussing Ireland’s culture, geography, current events, and the similarities/ differences between Ireland and Montana.

Tuesday, November 10th
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.  

Daniel Mulhall Bio
Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Daniel Mulhall was born and brought up in Waterford, Ireland. He pursued his graduate and
post-graduate studies at University College Cork where he specialized in modern Irish history
and literature. He took up duty as Ireland’s 18th Ambassador to the United States in August
Before coming to Washington, he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), Germany
(2009-13) and the United Kingdom (2013-17).
In 2017, he was made a Freeman of the City of London in recognition of his work as Ambassador
and was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Liverpool. In 2019, he was
honoured with the Freedom of the City and County of Waterford. In November 2019,
Ambassador Mulhall was named Honorary President of the Yeats Society in Ireland.
During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Mulhall also held a number of positions at the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as Director-General for European Affairs,
2005-2009 and as a member of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (1994-
95). He was part of the Irish Government’s delegation at the time of the Good Friday
Agreement 1998.
Ambassador Mulhall maintains a keen interest in Irish history and literature. He is the author of A
New Day Dawning: A Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (Cork, 1999) and co-editor of The Shaping of
Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment (Dublin, 2016).
Ambassador Mulhall provides daily updates on all things Irish on his Twitter account
@DanMulhall and posts regular blogs, including on James Joyce’s Ulysses, on the Embassy’s

This program is sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco.

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