The Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) presents “Refugee Crisis in Europe”
Ambassador Caroline Vicini, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the EU to the US
Deputy Consul General Thomas Wülfing, Consulate of Germany, Atlanta
Honorary Consul General John Parkerson, Consulate of Hungary, Atlanta
Co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Center, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Caroline Vicini has served as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation of the European Union in Washington, DC, since September 1, 2015. She oversees the daily management of the Delegation and steps in.
Prior to joining the Delegation, Ms. Vicini served as Chief of Protocol, with the rank of Ambassador, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Vicini worked in Washington, DC, as managing director for the public affairs company, Kreab Gavin Anderson. In the second half of 2009, she replaced the DCM at the Swedish Embassy in Dublin.
From 2004-2008, Ms. Vicini was the DCM at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Vicini worked in security policy and military affairs at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Head of the Pol-Mil section and thereafter as Deputy Head of the Department of European Security Policy.
Ms. Vicini’s earlier postings include Algiers, Paris, and Rome. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the School of Economics at Gothenburg University. Caroline Vicini is married and has two daughters.
Thomas Wülfing has served as the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta since July 2003.
His prior assignments include serving as Consul General in Recife, Brazil (2008-2013); Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (2005-2008); Consul at the German Consulate in New York, USA (2001-2005); and Chargé d’affaires at the German Embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea (1999-2001).
Mr. Wülfing also has served as Desk Officer, Middle Eastern Affairs, German Foreign Office, Bonn, Germany (1997-1999); Press Attaché at the German Embassy in London, U.K. (1994-1997; and Cultural Attaché German Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1991-1994).
He is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy and undertook economic studies at the Universities of Hamburg and Bonn. Germany. From 1976 to 1982, Mr. Wülfing served as an officer in the army of the Federal Republic of Germany.
John E. Parkerson, Jr.
In 2007 the Government of Hungary appointed John Parkerson as Honorary Consul for Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. In June 2013, Hungary added Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor to Parkerson’s titles for his expertise in that field; and it elevated his position this year to Honorary Consul General.
Since 2012 Mr. Parkerson also serves as an attorney and member of the international group at Hall Booth Smith, P.C. His practice focuses on general corporate counseling, particularly with respect to international business and related commercial transactions; international compliance; laws applicable to import/export; international aviation liability; sustainable airport area development; and governmental affairs. Prior to joining Hall Booth Smith, he was a Partner at FisherBroyles LLP. Mr. Parkerson is admitted to practice law before all Georgia courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Parkerson also has served as part of the international practice group within Delta Air Lines’ Law Department. (1993-2008); as an Army Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) officer in a variety of assignments, including Chief of the International Law Branch in the Office of The Judge Advocate General, The Pentagon; Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; U.S. Forces Europe legal liaison at the U.S. Embassy, Bonn; and international legal advisor at the U.S. Army’s European headquarters in Heidelberg.
Moderated By: Anthony A. “Tony” Cuzzucoli
Tony Cuzzucoli, born in Sharon, Connecticut, was raised in a New England farm community of 800 in the Berkshires. He completed undergraduate studies in Government at Wagner College in 1961 and majored in foreign affairs while attending Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Masters in American History and Foreign Affairs, Adelphi University, in 1970
Tony taught Advanced Placement courses in Government and American History in Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Dix Hills, LI, New York for three and a half decades. He established intern programs involving county, state, and federal officials, as well as a Guest Program involving county, state, federal officials, and foreign diplomats.
He has been active in civic affairs and chaired a Bi-Partisan Coalition and served as a political consultant. Tony is married and has three children and four grandchildren.