Virtual Student Foreign Policy Summit

The U.S Department of State’s Office of Public Liaison will host a Virtual Student Foreign Policy Summit, an effort to connect university and college students from across the country to hear from U.S. foreign policy practitioners.

Students will hear from experts in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and the Bureau of Global Talant Management

This event is a chance for students to connect directly with U.S. Department of State experts and ask critical questions about U.S. foreign policy priorities. Students will also have the chance to ask about U.S. Department of State careers and internships.


Speakers

Mark Stroh

Managing Director for International Media, Bureau of Global Public Affairs

Mark Stroh, a career foreign service officer, is the Managing Director for International Media in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs. Prior to that, he was the Team Leader of the Syria Transition Assistance Response Team (START) Forward in northeastern Syria from 2017-2018. There, he led an interagency team of civilians embedded with U.S. Special Operations Forces managing the provision of humanitarian assistance and the restoration of essential services in areas of Syria liberated from ISIS, for which he was awarded the 2018 Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy. His overseas postings include Kuwait City, Kuwait; Basra and Al-Hillah, Iraq; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kabul, Afghanistan; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Washington, he has served on the Executive Secretariat Secretariat Staff, as a Director for Strategic Communications and Assistant Press Secretary on the National Security Council staff and later Deputy Spokesman of the National Security Council, and as acting director of the Press Office in the Bureau of Public Affairs. Mr. Stroh has received a Superior Honor Award and several Meritorious Honor Awards, and in September 2012 was the runner-up for the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, the State Department’s highest award for public diplomacy work, for his efforts and accomplishments as the Embassy Islamabad Press Officer.

Eleanore Fox

Deputy Director, Office of Environment, Conservation and Water

Ms. Eleanore Fox began her current position as the Deputy Director in the office of Environment, Conservation and Water in August 2019. From 2018 to 2019, she served as Deputy Director of the Economic Section in Baghdad, Iraq. From 2015 to 2017 she worked as Deputy Director for Public Diplomacy in the Economic Bureau’s Office of Economic Policy and Public Diplomacy, and from 2012 to 2015 in EB’s Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, where she served as EB’s coordinator for trade negotiations with the European Union. From 2010 to 2012 she served as the Energy Officer in Mexico City, Mexico. Overseas, she also worked in Leipzig, Germany, Brasilia, Brazil, and London, United Kingdom. Domestically, she has served in WHA, EUR and in OES/ECW from 2005 to 2007. She is married with two children.

Aimee Dowl

Regional Refugee Coordinator, U.S. Embassy Amman

Aimee Dowl is currently a Regional Refugee Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan.  She works closely with other U.S. agencies, the United Nations, NGOs, and other governments to coordinate U. S. assistance to refugees, migrants, and displaced persons in the Middle East and North Africa.  In previous assignments, Aimee led efforts to resettle refugees to the United States from the Africa region and managed U.S. humanitarian assistance in Sudan and South Sudan.  She has also served as a Public Affairs Officer at embassies in Pakistan and Brazil, working with media and cultural institutions to advance people-to-people relationships.  Before joining the Foreign Service, Aimee worked as a secondary educator in the United States, Ecuador, and Tanzania and as an independent writer for numerous publications.  She is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and hold Master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she completed coursework for a Ph.D. in the History of Science.  Aimee speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Urdu.

George N. Sibley

Diplomat in Residence, Mid-Atlantic Region

George Sibley is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the mid-Atlantic region (North Carolina, South Carolina, and most of Virginia). As DIR, he helps identify and guide a diverse cross-section of Americans who want to represent our country by pursuing career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Sibley returned to the United States in September 2020 from his most recent overseas assignment where for three years he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon. In that role he led as the executive officer in running an embassy with ten U.S. agencies comprising over 100 American officers and 300 local staff. In the absence of the Ambassador, he stood in as Chargé d’Affaires.

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