Diplomat and Ambassador John O'Keefe Named New Executive Director of Open World Leadership Center.
WASHINGTON -- Dr. James Billington, Chairman of the Board of the Open World Leadership Center, has announced the appointment of Ambassador John O'Keefe The name John O'Keefe, sometimes spelled as O'Keeffe may refer to:
"Ambassador O'Keefe has an outstanding record as a manager and as a diplomat with a deep understanding of the post-Soviet states The Post-Soviet states, also commonly known as former Soviet republics, are the independent nations that split off from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in its breakup in 1991. They were also referred to as New Independent States (NIS). ," Dr. Billington said. "His leadership will help Open World continue to make important, practical contributions to international relations international relations, study of the relations among states and other political and economic units in the international system. Particular areas of study within the field of international relations include diplomacy and diplomatic history, international law, in such a vital part of the world."
"Joining Open World and its professionals who have developed the program so well represents a singular honor for me," Ambassador O'Keefe said. "It allows me to participate in a dialogue between and among our nations that will benefit all parties for many years. I thank the Board and Dr. Billington for their confidence."
Ambassador O'Keefe brings strong managerial and policy skills to Open World. As new states emerged in the seismic shift of political fortunes in the last decade, he helped set up and staff 21 embassies in the Newly Independent States New·ly Independent States
The countries that until 1991 were constituent republics of the USSR, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. , Central Europe Central Europe is the region lying between the variously and vaguely defined areas of Eastern and Western Europe. In addition, Northern, Southern and Southeastern Europe may variously delimit or overlap into Central Europe. and the Balkans. Later, as Management Minister Counselor in our embassy in Moscow, he oversaw the on schedule/within budget construction of the secure chancery, restructured services contracts to save millions of dollars, and led the development of and initial fund-raising for the Anglo-American School's new $45 million campus. More recently, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. and acting Director General of the Foreign Service, where he negotiated rigorous career development requirements for Foreign Service personnel within the bargaining unit A bargaining unit in labor relations is a group of employees with a clear and identifiable community of interests who are (under U.S. law) represented by a single labor union in collective bargaining and other dealings with management. , and began to reform the pension system for host nation staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.
Having served twice in Moscow and once in Central Asia as well as two tours in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs In the United States Government, the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs is part of the U.S. Department of State, charged with implementing U.S. foreign policy and promoting U.S. , Ambassador O'Keefe understands the dynamics of Open World's changing region. As ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic from August 2000 to July 2003, he negotiated a treaty with the Kyrgyz to establish a coalition base in support of operations in Afghanistan, established a six-person investment advisory council headed by the President of Kyrgyzstan The President of Kyrgyzstan is the head of state and the highest official of the Kyrgyz Republic. The President, according to the constitution, "is the symbol of the unity of people and state power, and is the guarantor of the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic, and of an to attract foreign capital, created an outreach program to the Muslim community for a dialogue on sensitive issues, and improved housing and the physical plant for embassy staff.
Ambassador O'Keefe has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Honor Award of the Department of State and the Presidential Performance Award, and was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Noun 1. Doctor of Humane Letters - an honorary degree in letters
honorary degree, honoris causa - a degree conferred to honor the recipient from the American University American University, at Washington, D.C.; United Methodist; founded by Bishop J. F. Hurst, chartered 1893, opened in 1914. It was at first a graduate school; an undergraduate college was opened in 1925. Programs provide for student research at many government institutions. - Central Asia. He is married to Monica Fallon O'Keefe and has two daughters, Laura and Meaghan, and a son, John.
Congress established the Open World Program in 1999 to increase U.S./Russian understanding, to expose Russian leaders to American democratic and economic institutions, and to allow U.S. communities to know current and future Russian decision makers. The program, which is housed in the U.S. legislative branch, has since expanded to include other post-Soviet states. Through Open World, Congress has enabled more than 12,000 current and future leaders Future Leaders is a UK schools-led charitable organisation that aims to widen the pool of talented leaders especially for urban challenging secondary schools. It was founded in March 2006 by Nat Wei, a former founder of Teach First. from all 85 regions of Russia and from the other participating countries to observe and experience directly American democracy in all its complexity. Open World delegates range from first-time mayors and legislators to small business advocates, from nonprofit directors to high court judges.
More than 6,000 American families in 1,500 communities have hosted Open World participants in every U.S. state. The emerging leaders return to their home countries with new friendships and a clearer understanding of American life and values. Program participants come to work with their American counterparts on topics of mutual interest and benefit, such as ways of containing pandemics, developing environmentally responsible public policy, and improving educational curricula in primary and secondary schools. The program's themes relate to the delegates' professional or civic work and provide exposure to ideas and practices that participants may adapt to their own situations, just as the American communities they visit acquire a better understanding of--and often continuing links with--the new post-Soviet generation in Eurasia.
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