Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Her Excellency Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America
Topic: “Ireland, Europe, and the U.S.: A Road to Recovery and Renewed Partnership”
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H.E. Anne Anderson took up duty in Washington DC in August 2013. She is Ireland’s first woman Ambassador to the United States. Prior to her Washington appointment, she was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Anderson was born in Ireland (Clonmel, Co. Tipperary), received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from University College, Dublin and entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.
Her previous postings include Ambassador to France (concurrently non-resident Ambassador to Monaco); Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, Brussels; and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Geneva. Ambassador Anderson headed the Irish team in Brussels during Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004 and was awarded European Voice “Diplomat of the Year” in recognition of her Presidency role. From her assignment in Brussels, she retains a keen interest in EU Affairs. As a former Ambassador in Paris, her involvement with France also continues – she returns regularly and speaks fluent French.
A strong believer in public diplomacy, Ambassador Anderson has been active – particularly throughout her assignment in New York – as a lecturer, moderator, and panelist in academic and think tank settings (including Fordham, Columbia, International Peace Institute, UN Association of New York, Academic Council of the United Nations). Ambassador Anderson was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) by the National University of Ireland in December 2011. During her Washington assignment, the Ambassador will particularly focus on further strengthening Ireland-US economic, trade and investment links; highlighting Ireland’s interests in relation to reform of US immigration legislation; supporting US interest and engagement on key issues still to be fully addressed in Northern Ireland; and further deepening the vibrant cultural connections between the two countries.