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2017 Events

January 17, 2017 - Mr. Sam Grundwerg - Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

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January 19, 2017 - Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, will speak on U.S.-Israeli relations on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m. in room 213a of the Sorensen Student Center at Utah Valley University. The lecture is part of UVU’s annual Global Spotlight program.

“As the newly appointed consul general of Israel, Mr. Grundwerg will be in Utah to meet with local government and religious leaders,” said Amy Barnett, program coordinator for UVU’s Office for Global Engagement. “UVU is honored to have him also lecture to our students on the timely topic of current Israeli-U.S. relations and welcome his insights.”

Immediately before becoming Consul General, Grundwerg served as Director General in Israel for the World Jewish Congress, an international organization representing Jewish communities in over 100 countries to governments, parliaments and other international organizations. Before joining the World Jewish Congress, Grundwerg worked as an attorney at a major international law firm in the United States and held positions in the fields of law and finance in the U.S. and Israel. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law and holds an MBA in finance from the University of Miami School of Business, as well as an undergraduate degree from Bar Ilan University.

Originally hailing from Miami Beach, Florida, Grundwerg fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to Israel in 1990 and made Aliyah soon afterward. Once in Israel, he served as a combat soldier in the IDF armored corps and later in the IDF reserves as a casualty officer.

The lecture is part of UVU’s annual Global Spotlight, a program housed by the Office of International & Multicultural Studies and carefully designed with the intent to trigger global and intercultural engagement across campus and within the community. Previous Global Spotlights have focused on Peru, Mexico, Eurasia, Brazil, and China.

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Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg with UVU faculties after the luncheon.


Consul General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg, and Political Consul, Yaki Lopez  with Dr. Baldomero Lago and Amy Barnett from the Office for Global Engagement after the lecture.

February 9, 2017 - Mr. Macharia Kamau - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations


February 9, 2017 - Macharia Kamau, Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations

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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time: 11:30 am

Location: LA 116

Until his latest appointment, Mr. Kamau was Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Nairobi, where he served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) from March 2009.

From August 2008 to March 2009, he served as a consultant in multiple concurrent roles, including Africa Adviser with the Global Development Department of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Advocacy and Leadership Adviser with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for East and Southern Africa; Independent Consultant with the Africa Child Policy Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Senior Associate at the Africa Policy Institute in Pretoria, South Africa; and Senior Adviser for Community Innovations in Pretoria.

Between June 2005 and July 2008, Mr. Kamau was the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative in South Africa, prior to which he served in the same country as Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator and Designated Official for Safety and Security.  From September 2002 to April 2005, he was United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Kigali, Rwanda.  From May to August 2002, he was the United Nations Representative and Technical Adviser to the Technical Support Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, prior to which he held the post of Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Gaborone, Botswana from August 1998 until May 2002.

In addition to New York, Mr. Kamau’s extensive experience in the United Nations system earned him postings to Barbados, Namibia and Zambia, serving in various capacities with UNICEF and the United Nations Transition Assistance Group.  He joined UNICEF in 1985 as Programme Communication and Social Mobilization Consultant for the East and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi.

Mr. Kamau holds degrees in history, economics and education from Wooster College, Ohio, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.

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February 16, 2017 - Mr. Muzaffarbek Madrakhimov - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations

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February 16, 2017 - Muzaffarbek Madrakhimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United Nations


Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: SC 213B

The new Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, Muzaffar A. Madrahimov, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

 Until his appointment, Mr. Madrahimov served as Deputy Chief of Mission at his country’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., since 2010.  He was Executive Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2007 and 2010.

 Prior to that, he was First Secretary at Uzbekistan’s Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, from 2004 to 2007, and headed the Secretariat of the Foreign Ministry in Tashkent from 2003 until 2004.  He also held the positions of Third and then Second Secretary in the Ministry’s Department of European Countries, between 2000 and 2003; Attaché in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2000; Assistant to the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Attaché in the Office of the Minister, both from 1996 until 1998.

 Mr. Madrahimov holds a master’s degree in transportation management from Tashkent Automobile and Road Construction Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, both in Uzbekistan.

 He was born in Tashkent in 1972, he is married and has four children.