International Business Council Luncheon Featuring H.E. Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S.

January 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
January 28, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

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Join the International Business Council in partnership with the Tennessee World Affairs Council and the Center for International Business at Belmont University on Thursday, January 28, 2016 for an IBC luncheon conversation featuring H.E. Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S. She is Ireland’s 17th Ambassador to the U.S., and the first woman Ambassador. Ambassador Anderson will discuss “A Changing Ireland in a Changing Europe.”


Ambassador Anderson was born in Ireland (Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) in 1952.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from University College, Dublin, and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Kings Inns, Dublin.  She entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.

Following a range of assignments at home and abroad, she took up her first posting as Ambassador in 1995. Prior to her current assignment in DC, she has served as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2009–2013); Ambassador to France (2005-2009); Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, Brussels (2001-2005); and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Geneva (1995-2001).

Ambassador Anderson has undertaken a wide range of responsibilities in her assignments to date. Highlights of her multilateral work have included chairing the UN Commission on Human Rights (1999) and heading the Irish team in Brussels during Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004 (she was awarded European Voice “Diplomat of the Year” in recognition of her Presidency role). During her New York assignment, she oversaw a review of the UN Peace-building machinery and was tasked by the President of the General Assembly with facilitating preparations for the 2013 UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals.

Ambassador Anderson’s particular focus at the UN was on development/human rights/gender equality issues. From her assignment in Brussels, she retains a keen interest in EU Affairs.  As a former Ambassador in Paris, her involvement with France also continues – she returns regularly and speaks fluent French.


11:30-noon Networking and registration
noon-1:30 p.m. Program


$30 Chamber Members
$45 Future Chamber Members

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