• Diplomatic Conference
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mr. Franz J. Sedelmayer
  • Uzbekistan
  • Greece
  • Andean Parliament
  • United Nations

2018 Events

January 10, 2018 - Mr. Adonis Georgiadis - Vice President of New Democracy, Greek Opposition Part

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January 10, 2018 - Adonis Georgiadis, Vice President of New Democracy, Greek Opposition Party

11:00 AM | Library Timpanogos Room

Adonis GeorgiadisMr. Adonis Georgiadis has been elected Member of the Parliament in the 2nd Electoral Constituency of Athens at the National Parliamentary Elections held in September 16, 2007, having polled 19.560 votes and becoming the highest vote-getter in his party’s slate. Reelected MP in October 2009. He participates in the following Parliamentary Committees: the Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, the Special Parmanet Committee on Greeks Abroad and the Inter-parliamentary-group Committee on National Affairs.

In December 2003, he assumed the duties of Spokesman for LA.O.S. , a position he maintained till the 2007 Parliamentary Elections. His first nomination as a candidate for Parliament was at the March 7, 2004 Elections, he then received 10.650 votes, being the top vote-getter in his party’s slate. However, at that time, he was not elected as Member of the Parliament, as LA.O.S. did not manage to surpass the 3% minimum threshold. At the 2006 Prefectorial Elections, he wa Candidate Prefect of Athens with the coalition “HYPER LAOU” (“For the People”), with Mr. Vaggelis Papadopoulos being the Candidate Supra- Prefect. The Coalition succeeded in being represented in the Prefectorial Councils of Athens and Piraeus and Mr. Georgiades was elected as first Alternate Prefectorial Councilor of Athens. To date, he has published over 700 books, mainly translations of works by Ancient and Byzantine Greek writers. He was the publisher of two magazines, namely “HELLENIKI AGOGI” (“Hellenic Education”) and “HELLENON HISTORIA” (History of the Greeks”), in which he contributed with lots of articles. Since 1993, he is the director of “Georgiades” Publications. In 1994, he founded the Liberal Studies Center “HELLENIKI AGOGI”, aiming at the learning of the ancient Greek language by children and grown ups, and, till his election, he was giving history lessons at the very centre. He is the writer of three books, the first is entitled “A GUIDE TO THE ANCIENT GREEK COINS”, the second “HOMOSEXUALITY IN ANCIENT GREECE: THE MYTH COLLAPSING” and the third “THEODORA FRANTZI: THE CAPTURE”. For many years, he hosted two dally television programmes, namely “HELLENON EGERSIS” (“Waking of the Greeks”) at TELEASTY T.V. Channel and “HELLENIC EDUCATIONS” at BLUE SKY T.V. Channel. For one year, he hosted a weekly television programme for U.S.A. and Australia, broadcasted by Ant1 Sat and Ant1 pacific. In collaboration with RADIODIKTYO, 29 radio stations in Greece, Cyprus, the U.S.A. and Australia retransmit his weekly two-hour radio programme “PHONI HELLENIS” (“Greek Voice”). As an invited speaker, he addressed the Greek Homogeny of Munich, Germany, of London, U.K. of New York, U.S.A. and of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.

Mr. Adonis Georgiadis is giving a presentation at UVU.

Mr. Adonis Georgiadis giving a lecture to UVU students.

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Mr. Adonis Georgiadis and Mrs. Eugenia Mandolides receiving Guest Professor awards from Senior Vice President, Jeff Olson. 

With Donors

Dee Mower and Jim Williams hosting our Greek guests at their ranch in Hobble Creek Canyon.

February 5, 2018 - Mr. Bakhtiyor Ibragimov - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations


February 5, 2018 - Bakhtiyor Ibragimov - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations

2:00 PM | LA 116

Uzbekistan Ambassador to the UNThe new Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, Bakhtiyor Ibragimov, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

Until his latest appointment, Mr. Ibragimov was Deputy Chief of Mission at his country’s Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea, since 2011, holding the rank of Political Counsellor.  Between 2009 and 2011, he was the Director, United States and Americas Affairs Department, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a post he previously held from 2003 to 2004.

A career diplomat, Mr. Ibragimov was appointed Political Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission at Uzbekistan’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., serving between 2004 and 2009.  He was previously Third Secretary at the Embassy, between 1993 and 1995.  From 2002 to 2003, he was Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Division on Coordination of Activity of Overseas Consular Offices, having previously served as First Secretary.

Mr. Ibragimov graduated from Tashkent Economic University in 1989, and completed diplomatic courses at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 1992 and 1993.

He is married and has two children.


Ambassador with Baldomero and Franz

Franz Kolb, Director of Diplomacy & Protocol for the Governor's Office of Economic Development welcomes the Uzbek dignitaries to Utah.

Ambassador Lecture

Ambassador Ibragimov giving a lecture to UVU Students.

Ambassador meeting with UVU Students

UVU Foreign Affairs Club and International Mountian Forum discuss projects with Ambassador Ibragimov.

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Ambassador Ibragimov and Laziz Karaev at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

February 8, 2018 - Mr. Franz J. Sedelmayer - Author & CEO of the Multinational Asset Recovery Company LLC 

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11:30 AM | Center Stage

Franz J. Sedelmayer is the author of “Welcome to Putingrad” (2017), the memoir of his seven years as a businessman and entrepreneur in Russia and his legal case against President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation.

In the 1990s Franz Sedelmayer created a highly successful company in St. Petersburg and in doing so became a friend of Vladimir Putin, then the city’s deputy mayor. Putin was more than Franz’s friend. He was his political advisor and counsel. In return and at Putin’s behest, Franz created the St. Petersburg KGB’s first Western styled and equipped SWAT team. In 1996, President Boris Yeltsin expropriated Franz’s company and Putin did nothing to help. Franz sought arbitration in Sweden and after two years, he won a judgment against the Russian Federation. But the Russians refused to pay. And so, Franz began what would become a twenty year campaign to recover the damages awarded to him. He won. Indeed, Franz is the only individual ever to successfully recover money from Putin’s Russia. Today, Sedelmayer v The Russian Federation has become the key precedent in cases involving sovereign immunity and enforcement.

International investment dispute resolution through and by arbitration clauses embedded in bilateral and multilateral treaties has become highly controversial in the court of public opinion, especially since Europe and the United States negotiated the TTIP regime. Yet arbitration remains the only effective defense against arbitrary expropriation by a foreign sovereign. Mr. Sedelmayer will explain the practical pros and cons when bringing action with a view to recover compensation for lost assets.

In the course of his remarks Franz will also provide insights about how and why Putin`s Russia has emerged as a dictatorship of law and a kleptocracy of society. He will describe how to successfully engage, arbitrate, and prevail against foreign sovereign entities.  

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Mr. Sedelmayer giving a lecture to UVU students about his unique experience in Russia and his opinion on current US-Russia relations. 

March 6, 2018 - Mr. Milos Vukasinovic - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations

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March 6, 2018 - Milos Vukasinovic  - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations

10:30 AM | Location To Be Announced

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The new Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations, Milos Vukasinovic, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Vukasinovic served as Minister-Counsellor in the Division for the United Nations and other International Organizations in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2012.  From 2009 to 2012, he was Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, after having served as Minister-Counsellor in his country’s Mission to the European Union and as Head of the Division for North and South America, Australia and Oceania in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2005 and 2009.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Vukasinovic was his country’s Permanent Representative to the Office of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.  He was Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs for bilateral relations from 2000 to 2001, and, from 1998 to 2000, Head of the Division for Peace and Security in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Chief of the Cabinet of the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 1998, Mr. Vukasinovic was also Adviser to the Minister for Justice in the Government of Republika Srpska from 1996 to 1997.

From 1992 to 1996, he was a judge of the District Court in East Sarajevo, a position he held after serving a two-year term as chief legal representative of the Railway Transport Company in Sarajevo.  From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Vukasinovic was the Company’s legal representative. 

A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo, Mr. Vukasinovic has two children.