With participants from Afghanistan to Ukraine, ISD’s annual Georgetown Leadership Seminar (GLS) welcomed 33 rising leaders from 27 countries for in-depth briefings and discussions on October 24-28, 2016.
Now in its 34th year, the Georgetown Leadership Seminar reflects the commitment of the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy to the idea that successful leaders in a globalized world must understand foreign affairs – and benefit from the connections they forge with a broad international network of colleagues. ISD Director of Studies Jim Seevers directs the Georgetown Leadership Program.
Drawn from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the participants this year included the chief executive officer of a major Spanish corporation, Afghanistan’s deputy minister of counternarcotics, members of parliament from Peru and Denmark, Finland’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, an Indonesian World Bank official, a senior Nigerian state government commissioner, the Vice President of Youth Affairs for India’s ruling BJP party, and the founding dean of Qatar’s Hamad Bin Kalifa School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The GLS 2016 participants join the more than 900 members of the GLS global alumni network.
The five-day program focused on a wide range of global issues including democratization, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, human rights, trade, energy, development and fragile states, the global water crisis, migration to Europe, and international law. Speakers included Ambassador Tom Pickering, US Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg, School of Foreign Service Dean Joel Hellman, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, ISD Director Ambassador Barbara Bodine, German Marshall Fund President Karen Donfried, and former senior intelligence official Casimir Yost. His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, also a GLS alumnus, addressed the class at a dinner held at the Cosmos Club. Former Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Alice Rivlin spoke at a lunch hosted by the Embassy of Finland. GLS 2016 participants also went to the World Bank to hear Bank Senior Vice President Mahmoud Mohieldin speak on the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.