Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) offered a public lecture by Ambassador Androulla Kaminara, GU-Q Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence for the 2023-2024 academic year.. The event, "Practitioner’s Proposals on How to Enhance Diplomatic Practice," offered a unique perspective on the evolution of diplomatic engagements in current international arenas. 

Ambassador Kaminara’s rich background as the former EU Ambassador to Pakistan and her long-standing career in public service and humanitarian aid provide a foundation for discussing the drivers and challenges of modern diplomacy. Her talk provided students the opportunity to gain deeper insights into the complexities of global diplomacy.

Drawing from her  extensive experience,  Ambassador Kaminara highlighted critical issues including gender and cultural awareness, which are often overlooked in diplomatic practices. Using specific examples from her tenure as an ambassador, and case studies from conflict-affected regions like Afghanistan and Nigeria, she shed light on the pivotal role these aspects play in crafting effective international strategies.

About the Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence Program

The Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence program at GU-Q was launched in the fall of 2023 to bring experienced practitioners from the field of diplomacy to engage with students and the academic community. Through this program, Ambassador Kaminara is delivering public lectures andcontributing to the university’s intellectual life by mentoring students, providing career counseling, and facilitating connections across governmental, business, and diplomatic spheres.
The Ambassador is also an associate-editor of the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Transactions on Technology and Society Journal. She holds a B.Sc (Hons.) in Geology and Physics, King’s College, University of London; a MSc in Management Science from Imperial College, University of London; and a Maîtrise in International Politics from Université libre de Bruxelles.  

About Georgetown University in Qatar
Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humanity.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also facilitates the Executive Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership graduate degree programs.

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