USC Center on Public Diplomacy to Kick Off 2010 Summer Institute

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy will kick off its 2010 Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy at the university July 19 and run through July 30.

Currently in its fifth year, the Summer Institute is an intensive two-week course designed to immerse participants in the critical study of public diplomacy by uniquely combining traditional classroom instruction with collaborative hands-on exercises.

“The significance of public diplomacy has grown exponentially during the past decade,” said CPD Director Philip Seib. “We will be building the future of public diplomacy during the Summer Institute.”

Taught by some of the world’s most distinguished public diplomacy experts, this exclusive program has garnered global attention and attracts participants of the highest caliber from a wide range of public diplomacy career fields including foreign ministries, intelligence and economics agencies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, defense and homeland security, public relations, and the private sector.

This year, the Center expects 30 participants from 13 countries: Morocco, United Arab Emirates, United States, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, Australia, Jordan, South Korea, Ghana, South Africa, and India.

This year's class includes:

Amal Aaziz (Morocco)
Public Relations Agent
Delegation of State of Qatar to UNESCO

Shihab Al Faheem (UAE)
Deputy Executive Director, Protocol and Communication Division
Crown Prince Court, UAE

Sameera Al-Romaithi (UAE)
Head, Crown Prince’s Agenda Section, Porotocol and Communication Division
Crown Prince Court, UAE

Alyazia K. AlSuwaidi (UAE)
Ph.D. Student – Intercultural Broadcasting
Kingston University

Mara Sunshine Andersen (USA)
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Consulate of Shenyang, China

Heather Sue Babb (USA)
Strategic Communication Specialist
U.S. Southern Command

Richard Paul Barnes (USA)
Telecommunications Manager, Radio Operations
Voice of America

Courtney Beale (USA)
Special Assistant to the Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State

Joffre Castelo Branco Cavalcante, Jr. (Brazil)
Presidency of the Republic of Brazil

Jing Chu (Netherlands)
Public Diplomacy Officer
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Beijing

Roser Clavell (Spain)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Government of Catalonia

Henry G.F. Fan (Taiwan)
Director on Home Assignment
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Joshua Adam Frey (USA)
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Navy

Ari Gaitanis (Australia)
Associate Spokesperson
United Nations, Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Sausan Rasem Ghosheh (Jordan)
Chief of External Communications
United Nations Development Programme

Meghan Gregonis (USA)
Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State

Hoseon Ha (South Korea)
Deputy Director of the Media Department
The Korea Foundation

Aaron Henninger (USA)
Director of Strategic Communication Research and Instruction
USAF Public Affairs Center of Excellence at the USAF Air War College

Baba Kamara (Ghana)
High Commissioner/Ambassador
Ghana High Commission – Abuja

Kim Marie Katson (USA)
Senior Manager
The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company

Arthur Kibbelaar (Netherlands)
Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York City

Michelle Anna Lee (USA)
Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State

Todd Lindgren (USA)
Vice President

Andre Dunham Maciel Siaines de Castro (Brazil)
Career Diplomat/First Secretary
Brazilian Ministry of External Relations

Malusi Mogale (South Africa)
Spokesperson to the Minister of DIRCO
Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Saul Kgomotso Molobi (South Africa)
Chief Director of Public Diplomacy
Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Hyangjoo Park (South Korea)
Deputy Director
The Korea Foundation Cultural Center

Matthew Parks (South Africa)
Manager, Public Relations
Western Cape Provincial Parliament

Navdeep Singh Suri (India)
Joint Secretary and Head, Public Diplomacy Division
New Delhi

Judy Ying-ming Wong (Taiwan)
Executive Secretary, Research and Planning Committee
Republic of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For more information on the Summer Institute, click here to visit the website, or contact Stacy Ingber, Assistant Director of Programming and Events, via email at or telephone: 213-821-5556.

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