2018-2019 SPEAKERS


Date:            Monday November 19, 2018 

Speaker:     Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General of Israel 

Topic:          U.S.-Israel Relations and the Middle East

Ravit Baer , an Israeli career diplomat, serves as Deputy Consul General of Israel in San Francisco for the Pacific Northwest. She also heads the political and public diplomacy departments of the Consulate.

Previously, she served in the Israeli Department for Multilateral European Organization where she was responsible for coordinating Israel’s relations with the European Union, NATO, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she served as a legal advisor in the Prime Minister’s office. She holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in law from the Hebrew University.


Date:            Wednesday, October, 17 2018 

Speakers:            ACROSS THE POND IN THE FIELD - Discussions Featuring:
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  • Ambassador Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States
  • Ambassador Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States

  • Topic:          U.S. - Europe Relations

    Ambassador Emily Margarethe Haber , has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018.

    Immediately prior to this, Emily Haber, a career foreign service officer, was deployed to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, serving as State Secretary overseeing security and migration at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. In this capacity, she worked closely with the US administration on topics ranging from the fight against international terrorism to global cyberattacks and cybersecurity. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary at the Foreign Office, the first woman to hold either post. Earlier in her career, she served at the German Embassy in Ankara; in Berlin, she has served as Deputy Head of the Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison Division, as Director of the OSCE Division, and as Deputy Director-General for the Western Balkans. Emily Haber has extensive knowledge of the Soviet Union and Russia, having worked both in the Soviet Union Division at the German Foreign Office and, on various occasions, at the German Embassy in Moscow, where she served as Head of the Economic Affairs Section and Head of the Political Affairs Department.

    Emily Haber attended schools in New Delhi, Bonn, Paris, Brussels, Washington, and Athens. From 1975 to 1980, she studied history and ethnology in Cologne, earning her PhD with a dissertation on German foreign policy during the Morocco crisis on the eve of World War I.

    Ambassador Hendrik Jan Jurriaan Schuwer , was born May 3, 1953, in The Hague, the Netherlands, in a family of 5. His parents met as journalists who worked for the Netherlands Press Agency. His father later became the director of public relations for Caltex (Benelux) and his mother a teacher.

    After secondary school, Henne attended the University of Leiden, where he earned a master’s degree in law. Henne then started working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979, and has held positions in Vietnam, India, Belgium and the US.

    He is married to Lena Boman from Sweden. Together, they have four adult children. His two daughters are psychologists and his two sons are engineers.

    In his free time, Henne likes to play tennis and golf, and read about the history of the 20th century. But most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family.

    Henne Schuwer has been with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 36 years. Thanks to two previous assignments in the United States, one in Los Angeles and one in Washington, D.C., he has extensive knowledge of American politics and trade issues.


    Date:            Wednesday September, 19, 2018

    Speaker:      Earl Anthony Wayne, Former US Ambassador to Mexico

    Topic:          "U.S.-Mexico Relations"

    Ambassador Wayne, is an accomplished diplomat and executive,. He has served in a wide variety of positions during his career, including as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe. He left the State Department in late 2015 as a Career Ambassador, the most senior U.S. diplomatic rank.

    Ambassador Wayne is currently engaged in a variety of activities. These include working as a Public Policy Fellow and Co-Chair of the Mexico Institute’s Board at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as a Non-Executive Director on the Financial System Risk Advisory Committee of HSBC Latin America. Wayne serves as a non-resident advisor/fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Atlantic Council. Wayne is the Treasurer of the American Foreign Service Association and Treasurer of its PAC. He is a consultant and speaker on international and management Issues. In fall 2016, he taught at Hamilton College as the Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs. He has writes and speaks frequently on international topics, including Mexico, NAFTA, Afghanistan, trans-Atlantic relations and trade.