Global Education Conference

November 12, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Conference Attendance $395

Complimentary tickets for currently serving foreign diplomats.

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Global Education Conference

About us

​The Washington Diplomat is hosting an all-day Global Diplomatic Education Conference to convene embassy representatives, the private sector, universities and other educational institutions to discuss the latest developments in education and, specifically, the issues that are critical to foreign students coming to the United States and their foreign governments, which have a vested interest in finding top educational opportunities for their nationals. Among the myriad topics we will examine are future education trends, including the skills needed to adapt to a 21st-century world, as well as other pertinent political developments affecting the field.

The Washington Diplomat is an independent monthly publication and media company with a readership of more than 200,000. The Diplomat has served as the flagship newspaper of the diplomatic and international community in Washington D.C. and New York for the past 25 years and it is the only publication distributed to all 185 foreign embassies in the nation’s capital.​

Distribution is also sent to the United Nations in New York, World Bank, the White House, Congress, Pentagon, State Department, World Bank/IMF, IDB, PAHO, Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, think tanks and various points of influence in Washington, Virginia, Maryland and New York. The Washington Diplomat works very closely with embassies and foreign governments as a convener of dozens of conferences and roundtable discussions focused on international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, trade and investment, health care, tourism and more. Moreover, we host several public diplomacy networking programs throughout the year and an annual White Correspondents’ Association Dinner Pre-Party.

Global Education Conference

Speakers and Panelist

Ambassador Philippe Étienne
Embassy of France
Caroline Casagrande
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs U.S. Department of State
Dr. Sanjeev Khagram
Dean of ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management
Ken Eisner
Director, Worldwide Education Program and Global Lead - Amazon Web Services
Grace Suh
Vice President, Education - IBM Corporation
Anthony Arend
Professor of Government and Foreign Service - Georgetown University
Lauren Armenise
Visa Policy Analyst - U.S. Department of State
Albert Mokhiber
Immigration Attorney - Mokhiber & Moretti, PLLC
Julie Greenwood
Vice Dean for Educational Initiatives, EdPlus - Arizona State University
Dr. Mirka Martel
Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning - Institute of International Education
Jennifer Donaghue
Director of International Services Office and Office for Study Abroad - George Washington University
Nahlah Al-Jubeir
Director, Center for Career Development, Saudi Arabian Culture Mission
Xinyu Yang
Minister Counselor - Chinese Embassy in USA
Michael Vallee
HIgher Education Officer - Embassy of France

Global Education Conference

Conference Schedule

Tuesday November 12, 2019

8:30 AM TO 4:00 PM

8:30 am Registration, Breakfast

9:15 am Welcome
Victor Shiblie - Publisher of The Washington Diplomat
Ambassador Philippe Etienne - Embassy of France

9:35 am U.S. is Open and Welcome
To International Students Caroline Casagrande - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, U.S. Department of State

9:45 am Panel Discussion:
The Ins and Outs Of Student Visas
MODERATOR: Albert Mokhiber, Immigration Attorney,
Lauren Armenise -Visa Policy Analyst U.S. Department of State;
Jennifer Donaghue - Director of International Services and Study Abroad Offices - The George Washington University
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Official, TBA

10:40 am Break & Networking
Dining Hall

11:00 am The Future of Education
Ken Eisner, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

11:10 am Panel Discussion: The Future of Education
MODERATOR: Anna Gawel- Managing Editor, Washington Diplomat;
Ken Eisner- Amazon Web Services (AWS);
Julie Greenwood- EdPlus Vice Dean for Educational Initiatives, ASU;
Grace Suh- Vice President Education, IBM Corporation;
Ina Gjikondi, Executive Director, GWU’s Center of Excellence in Public Leadership

12:05 am Immigrant Success Stories & ASU Global Outreach
Dr. Sanjeev Khagram- Dean, Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Management

12:20 pm Networking Luncheon
Exhibitor Hall

1:35 pm Building Foreign Leaders
Anthony Arend- Professor of Government and Foreign Relations, Georgetown University

1:45 pm Women and STEM
Fionnghuala (Fig) O’Reilly, NASA Datanaut & Miss Universe Ireland;
U.S. Department of State official;
Meighan Stone, Senior Fellow in Women in Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

2:35 pm International Student Trends and Outlook
Mirka Martel PhD- Director, Research, Evaluation and Learning, The Institute of International Education

2:45 pm Break & Networking
Dining Hall

3:00 pm Panel Discussion:
The Embassy Perspective
Moderator Anna Gawel- Managing Editor, Washington Diplomat;
Xinyu Yang- Minister Counselor, Chinese Embassy in USA
Nahlah Al Jubeir- Director, Center for Career Development, Saudi Arabian Culture Mission;
Michael Vallee - Higher Education Officer, Embassy of France

4:00 pm Conclusion / Remarks

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Conference Venue

4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20007
TIME: 8:30 AM – 4PM

Hotel Accommodations

Special Rates at
The Fairfax at Embassy Row

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is an approachable, upscale, and historic icon with a recent modernization to its public space. The classically current feel and openness of our multi-functional common areas give the hotel a brand new appeal to established and growing business professionals, diplomatic/ international guests, and its local neighbors. Choose to work quietly by the fireplace in our common spaces or join a group conversation. Enjoy one of the 259 elegantly appointed sleeping rooms. Mix and mingle in The Sally, the cocktail-centric small-plates restaurant; stop in The Market for a grab and go bite or locally sourced cup – of- joe in the mornings and afternoon. It is all about the convenience, ease and elegance at The Fairfax.

To book: The Washington Diplomat Global Education Conference or call: 1-855-559-8899 or call the hotel directly at 202-835-2116

Special rate: $189.00 for Superior Rooms King or Two-Double Beds
$30 extra per person+

Rates extended until Oct. 28, 2019

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