As part of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s broader mandate to connect students with foreign policy practitioners and professionals to better understand the opportunities and challenges of these careers, in December 2018, 2018 - 2019 Rusk Fellow Caroline Savage launched the Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series, a project to connect the Georgetown community with current and former Civil and Foreign Service officers.  Senior practitioners share insights on their careers and diversity and inclusion at the State Department and answer questions from students considering careers in foreign policy. 


By including a diverse representation of foreign policy professionals, across generational, gender, religious, and ethnic lines, the series seeks to encourage aspirants from diverse communities to pursue and successfully navigate foreign policy careers.  Each of the series participants has expressed willingness to connect with students or others to discuss their further questions related to careers in foreign policy.



Linda Thomas-Greenfield

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Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Former Director General of the Foreign Service

Ambassador (ret.) James Irwin Gadsden

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Former Ambassador to Iceland

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs

Ambassador (ret.) Barbara K. Bodine

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Former  Ambassador to

the Republic of Yemen

Director & Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy

Uzra Zeya

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Former Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Paris

Bernadette Meehan

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former Spokesperson for the National Security Council

former Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Ramon Escobar

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Foreign Service Officer

U.S. Embassy in Mexico City

Miriam Murray

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Desk Officer, Office of Canadian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Arsalan Suleman

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Former Acting U.S. Special Envoy, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, U.S. Department of State

Ana Escrogima

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Office Director for Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the Near

Eastern Affairs Bureau,

U.S. Department of State

Raj Wadhwani

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Deputy Director

Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, US Department of State

Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath

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Deputy Executive Secretary,

the Office of the Secretary of State

Hammad Hammad

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Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State,

US Department of State

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