ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Charles Shaprio who will speak on the topic, "Contemporary Issues with Venezuela."
Ambassador Shaprio became President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta in September 2014. Prior to his recent position, he served as a senior foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department where he held numerous senior positions including Ambassador to Venezuela and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere. His other foreign positing include Chile, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Denmark, in addition to a variety of Washington assignments including Coordinator for Cuban Affairs.
From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Shapiro was the President of the Institute of the Americas, a think tank at the University of California San Diego.
At the State Department, Ambassador Shapiro educated and informed U.S. audiences about the potential benefits of free trade agreements with Central America, Peru, Panama, Colombia and South Korea. He is convinced that the three nations of North America must recognize that there is one North American economy and that we must reduce impediments to cross border supply chains.
Ambassador Shapiro has worked with governments, businesses, and development agencies to increase access to credit for marginalized groups, foster entrepreneurship and small business growth, and encourage job creation to reduce poverty and strengthen stable democracies.