Ambassadors Circle Series

Current and former ambassadors and high-ranking government officials who visit Charlotte share their insights on diplomatic relationships between the United States and nations around the world through the Ambassadors Circle Series.

Past dignitaries and government officials include:

  • President Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica
  • H.E. Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of South Africa to the U.S. (2010-2015)
  • H.E. Sameh Shoukry, current Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador of Egypt to the U.S. (2008-2012)
  • Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon
  • E. Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S.
  • E. Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla, Ambassador of Panama to the U.S.
  • E. Johan Verbeke, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S.
  • E. György Szapáry, Ambassador of Hungary to the U.S.
  • E. Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the U.S. (2008-2012)
  • H.E. Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the U.S.
  • H.E. D. Ramon Gil-Casares Satrustegui, Ambassador of Spain to the U.S.
  • H.E. Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.
  • H.E. Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the U.S.
  • H.E. Mauro Vieira, Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S.
  • H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S.
  • H.E. Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Ambassador of Russia to the U.S.
  • E. Arun Singh, Ambassador of India to the U.S.
  • E. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the U.S.
  • E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the U.S.
  • E. Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S.
  • George W. Bush, former President of the United States
  • Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Alan Krueger, former Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers
  • Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • General David Petraeus, former Commander, US CENTCOM
  • Sergei Khrushchev, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies (Brown University) and son of the late Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
  • Major General Michael J. Kingsley, Chief of Staff, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM)
  • Rafael Espada, former Vice President of Guatemala
  • Rick Steves, travel guru and host of Rick Steves’ Europe
  • Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps
  • David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of the Foreign Policy Group and author of “National Insecurity: US Foreign Policy Making in an Age of Fear”
  • Robert Walker, President, The Population Institute
  • Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World”
  • George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Stratfor and author of “Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe”
  • Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders (U.S.)
  • Timothy Beardson, author of “Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future”
  • Shibley Telhami, world-renowned expert on the Middle East and author of “The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East”
  • Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Minister of Defense, Former Minister of Economics & Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor, The Economist

Ambassadors Circle Series Events

WACC Evening Reception (April 8, 2016)

An Evening Reception with H.E. Arun Singh (April 8th, 2016) Ambassador of India to the United States Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and Wells Fargo for this exclusive opportunity to meet His Excellency Arun Singh, and and welcome him to Charlotte for an evening reception. Enjoy light refreshments as the Ambassador shares his insights into India-US relations and the significant progress that has been made in bilateral cooperation and international partnership between the two countries. Make your reservation now! Space is limited to the first 100 registrants!

WACC Ambassador Circle Series (April 8, 2016)

H.E. Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States: India and the US: A 21st Century Global Partnership Ambassador Arun Singh will join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on April 8th to share his perspectives about the significant progress that's been made in bilateral cooperation and international partnership between both India and the United States. President Obama has called India one of the "defining partnerships" of the 21st century, one which will be vital to U.S. strategic interests in Asia-Pacific and across the globe.

WACC Annual Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Mark Erwin (1999-2001), (June 17th, 2015)

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on June 17th with U.S. Ambassador Mark Erwin who will share his perspectives on the renewed diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States. In addition, he will address future opportunities for economic and cultural opportunities for the two nations while providing his assessment on the challenges that will arise as Cuba and the U.S. normalize relations. On April 11, 2015, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro shook hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking the first meeting between a U.S. and Cuban head of state since the two countries cut their ties in 1961. This inaugural meeting came four months after the President announced that the U.S. would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba.

WACC Ambassadors Circle Series with H.E. Peter Gandolovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S. (May 21st, 2015)

WACC Ambassadors Circle Series with H.E. Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic Ambassador Petr GandalovicJoin the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for an enlightening discussion with H.E. Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S. on May 21st, 2015.