Meet the Summer Institute Class of 2014

On July 21, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy will kick off its 2014 Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy

Now in its ninth year, the CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is an intensive two-week program designed to immerse mid-career participants in the critical study of public diplomacy by combining traditional classroom instruction with collaborative hands-on exercises.

We are very excited about this year’s program. We have enhanced the curriculum in the areas of public diplomacy leadership, digital diplomacy, and the role of big data and micro-data in the practice and analysis of public diplomacy. The Summer Institute continues to reflect CPD’s global vision and our commitment to bridging research and practice.
- Jay Wang, CPD Director 

Taught by some of the most distinguished public diplomacy scholars and practitioners, this unique program has garnered global attention and continues to attract participants of the highest caliber from a wide range of fields.

This year the Center expects a diverse group of 30 participants from a number of countries including Qatar, Canada, Japan, Israel, Tunisia, Romania, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Participants of the class of 2014 will include: 

Mohammed Al-Maadheed (Qatar)
Director of the Office of the CEO, Qatar Media Corporation

Yousuf Al-Malki (Qatar)
Director, Media Development Department, Qatar Media Corporation

Herbert "Vic" Allen (United States)
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Mohsen Antit (Tunisia)
Adviser, Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

Wahida Ayari (Tunisia)
Deputy Director, African Union Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

Sonia Ben Amor Missaoui (Tunisia)
Director, Citizens Relations Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

Dan Dima (Romania)
Adviser to President's Office, Romanian Presidency

Roei Duani (Israel)
Associate Director, Center for International Communication, Bar Ilan University

Yukari Easton (Japan)
USC East Asia Study Center ACE - Nikaido Fellow
MA candidate in International Relations and Public Diplomacy, USC

Costanzo Fisogni (Italy)
Political Adviser and Press & Information Officer, European Union

Kathleen Fox (United States)
Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Port Louis, Mauritius

Carissa Gonzalez (United States)
Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay  

Heidi Hattenbach (United States)
Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa

Faisal Ibrahim (Qatar)
Media Relations Researcher, Qatar Media Corporation

Nicholas James Ingaciola (United States)
Political Analyst, U.S. Government 

Stacy Ingber (United States)
Assistant Director, Programming & Events, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
MA candidate in Public Diplomacy, USC

Bryony Inge (United Kingdom)
Manager, British Council
MA candidate in Public Diplomacy, USC

Michele Tannen Johnsen (United States)
Principal, Michele Johnsen Public Relations & Communications
MA candidate in Public Diplomacy, USC

Wakao Koike (Japan)
Deputy Director of Special Programs for Asian Cultural Exchange, Japan Foundation

Rachel D. Leslie (United States)
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem

Jeffrey T. Lodermeier (United States)
Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola 

Moez Mehdi Mahmoudi (Tunisia)
Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

Naoto Okura (Japan)
Deputy Director, Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
MA candidate in Public Diplomacy and Public Policy, USC

Karine Perset (United States/France)
Senior Director of Board Support, International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Robert Raines (United States)
Cultural Attache, U.S. Embassy in Islamabad

Nada Salem (United Arab Emirates)
Communications Officer, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Mohannad Shaddad (Jordan)
Diplomatic Attache in Erbil-Iraq, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jordan

Shabnam Shalizi (United States)
Doctoral Student at USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Megan Tetrick (United States)
Political Officer for Internal Affairs and Human Rights, Office of Russian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Elise Welch (United States)
Assistant Director, USC Dornsife Admissions
MA candidate in Public Diplomacy, USC    

For more information on the CPD Summer Institute, click here, or contact Stacy Ingber, Assistant Director of Programming and Events, via email at or by telephone at 213-821-2078.


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