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March 1, 2023

A Class Conversation with Ambassador Kolker Blog Post

by Jia Qin (SFS’23)

On February 7 we had the pleasure of welcoming Ambassador Jimmy Kolker  to campus for a conversation. Our Conversations in Health: Global to Local class  was eager to hear about Ambassador Kolker’s perspectives on embassy work and global health leadership and learn from his distinguished career as a diplomat for both the U.S. State Department and Department of Health and Human Services. Our discussion with Ambassador Kolker revolved around the central idea of diplomacy in global health, as well as the key role played by the ambassador in advancing U.S. foreign policy.

February 22, 2023

A Conversation with Ambassador Jimmy Kolker: Global Health Diplomacy Blog Post

by Shreya Arora (H'24)

On February 7, 2023, Georgetown University’s Conversations in Health: Global to Local course welcomed Ambassador Jimmy Kolker to engage in a meaningful discussion on his career path and the field of global health diplomacy. Ambassador Kolker had a distinguished 30-year diplomatic career in the U.S. State Department, serving as the ambassador to Burkina Faso from 1999 to 2002 and to Uganda from 2002 to 2005. He then led the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) between 2002 and 2005 and the HIV/AIDS program at UNICEF between 2007 and 2011. In 2017, Ambassador Kolker retired from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after serving as the assistant secretary for global affairs, where he represented the United States at the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Ambassador Kolker’s experience working at multilateral institutions and the federal government through various health emergencies—including the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Ebola virus epidemic, and the H1N1 swine flu pandemic—brought a nuanced and unique perspective to the conversation.