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February 7, 2023

Global Health Diplomacy

A Conversation with Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

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Ambassador Jimmy Kolker has had a long and distinguished career as a global health diplomat, including high-level positions at the U.S. State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and UNICEF. Ambassador Kolker shared lessons from his exceptional career and discussed critical diplomatic issues in global health today.

This event was hosted through Georgetown University’s Conversations in Health: Global to Local class, which invites global health professionals to Georgetown’s campus to engage in discussions regarding their career paths and expertise. John Monahan guides the structured conversation, and the discussion is open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff via Zoom.


Ambassador Jimmy Kolker retired in January 2017 as assistant secretary for global affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Kolker was the department’s chief health diplomat, representing the United States at World Health Organization meetings and as alternate board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Kolker is currently an affiliate with Georgetown's Center for Global Health Science and Security. 

John T. Monahan is a professor in the Department of Medicine, a senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia, a senior fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy, and a senior scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. 

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