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ISD Diverse Diplomacy Speaker Series with Dr. Jung Pak
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ISD Diverse Diplomacy Speaker Series with Dr. Jung Pak

Dr. Jung H. Pak is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and is responsible for overseeing relations with Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. She also serves as the Deputy Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Prior to arriving at State, she was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on Korean Peninsula issues, East Asia regional dynamics, and transnational threats related to proliferation, cybersecurity, and climate change. While at Brookings, she authored Becoming Kim Jong Un, which has been translated into multiple languages and draws from her deep knowledge and experience as an intelligence officer. Pak has held senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, receiving several awards for contributions to the President’s Daily Brief, superior analytic accomplishments, and service to advance workforce development. As the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Korea at the National Intelligence Council, she led the Intelligence Community’s production of strategic analysis. Before her career in national security, Dr. Pak taught U.S. history in New York City. She received her PhD from Columbia University and studied in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. --- The Diverse Diplomacy Speaker Series is made possible by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and is 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 challenges and opportunities of these careers. Please visit www.diversediplomacy.com for more video content, information, and updates.
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Amb. Richard Buangan
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ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Amb. Richard Buangan

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Richard Buangan. Ambassador Buangan will share his insights on diversity at State, and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy. Ambassador Richard Buangan is a public diplomacy-coned career member of the Senior Foreign Service who joined the Department of State in 1999. He is currently serving as U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. Amb. Buangan's overseas assignments have included Public Affairs Officer at ConGen Jerusalem, Press Attaché at Embassy Beijing, as well as entry level assignments in Paris and Abidjan. He most recently served in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs (GPA) as Acting Assistant Secretary and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. He previously was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Regional Security Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and served as an Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. He has held other positions in GPA, including Managing Director for International Media and Director of the Office of Digital Engagement, and he has worked on the Executive Secretariat Staff as a Line Officer. Amb. Buangan has received numerous State Department awards and honors. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Amb. Buangan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and speaks French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Amb. Alex Arvizu
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ISD Diverse Diplomacy Leaders series with Amb. Alex Arvizu

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Alexander Arvizu. Ambassador (ret.) Arvizu will share his insights on diversity at State, and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy. Ambassador (ret.) Alexander Arvizu spent 36 years as a Foreign Service officer with the Department of State, retiring in 2017 with the rank of Minister-Counselor. Most of his overseas assignments were in the Asia-Pacific region. As a young political officer in Seoul, Korea (1985-88) and Bangkok, Thailand (1991-94), he worked on US Embassy teams that supported democracy advocates and human rights activists. Mr. Arvizu’s last overseas assignment was as US Ambassador to Albania (2010-15). While in Tirana and traveling across the country, he developed great admiration and respect for the ongoing courage of the Albanian people to overcome the legacy of decades of harsh dictatorial communist rule. Mr. Arvizu’s Washington tours included a detail assignment to the National Security Council as Director for Asian Affairs (1998-99), where he helped coordinate the interagency response to the Asian Financial Crisis as well as the struggle for East Timorese independence. Later, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (2015-17), he directed US assistance efforts in support of criminal justice reform and anti-corruption measures in the Middle East (with the largest program being in the West Bank) and Africa. Currently, Mr. Arvizu is the Director of the Donald F. McHenry Fellows Program at Georgetown University. In that capacity, he works as an administrator, instructor, and mentor/coach for a select cohort of master’s degree students in the School of Foreign Service who have dedicated themselves to pursuing transformative careers in global public service. Mr. Arvizu holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.
A Panel Discussion on Retention Rates in the Foreign Service
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A Panel Discussion on Retention Rates in the Foreign Service

Join us for a panel discussion on retention rates with mid-level Foreign Service Officers Maryum Saifee and Anupama Prattipati, moderated by Heera Kamboj. They will share insights on diversity and retention at the State Department and offer advice for a successful career in foreign policy. Maryum Saifee is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as senior advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ms. Saifee started her career in Cairo during the early days of the Arab Spring in 2011 and later served in Baghdad during the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq and spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate in Lahore. In Washington, she was a policy advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. Prior to joining the State Department, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle. She also consulted for the United Nations Development Program, Acumen Fund, and the Ford Foundation. In 2018, Ms. Saifee took a sabbatical from the State Department to pursue a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. In her personal capacity, she also led a 30-person task force on State Department reform as a senior visiting fellow at the Truman Center for National Policy. She is a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar and a 2021 Women inPower Fellow. Ms. Saifee is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Anu Prattipati is the Political and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. Prior to that she was a Deputy Office Director in the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs at the Department of State. As deputy she covered European economic issues, including trade, macroeconomic issues, sanctions, energy, digital and privacy issues, and science and technology. Prior to her assignment in EUR, Anu served as the Deputy Office Director on the Pakistan Desk from 2016-2018, overseeing political and political military affairs. She has also been posted to U.S. Embassies in Pakistan, Nigeria, and China. In addition to these overseas assignments, Ms. Prattipati served in the State Department in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, the Operations Center, and the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in International Business and received an MBA and M.A. from The George Washington University in International Business and International Trade and Investment Policy. Heera Kamboj is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, and was a 2020-2021 Rusk Fellow at ISD. She has served in Washington, D.C., Dubai, Chennai, Mexico City, and Kabul. Heera won the 2012 Swanee Hunt Award for Advancing Women’s Role in Policy Formulation for her work in Afghanistan. She was a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship and is an alumna of the International Career Advancement Program. She is fluent in Farsi, Dari, Spanish, and Punjabi and is a graduate of George Washington University and the Harvard Kennedy School. https://www.diversediplomacy.com/