Friday, December 2, 2011

Week of 12/5 Events

Mon 12/5 (4pm) – Christmas Craft and Conversation Hour

Tue 12/6 (4pm) – “Guest Speaker: Isabel Rioja Scott on Influential Women and Women’s Empowerment”


Isabel has been serving in U.S. Embassy Tunis as the Commercial Attaché since March 2009. In addition to assisting U.S. companies trade with and invest in Tunisia, she covers energy issues, civil aviation, bilateral trade, investment, and foreign assistance. Since her arrival, Isabel has been active in promoting strengthened bilateral commercial ties through her work on franchising legislation, the Trade Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), U.S. company advocacy, and outreach to the Tunisian business community. Isabel is slated to serve in Mexico City as lead on trade issues in the summer of 2012.

Isabel joined the Foreign Service in 2002 and served previously as the Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University, where she researched Latin American economic policy and taught a course on U.S.-Venezuela foreign relations. Before that, she was a Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center, a 24-hour crisis management office working closely with former Secretary Condoleezza Rice and other senior State Department principals.

She has also served as Economic Officer in Caracas, Venezuela, where she reported on Venezuelan economic policy, petro-diplomacy, land expropriations and other economic issues such as intellectual property, trade, and aviation. Isabel has also served Consular Officer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and in Washington, DC in the Office of Cuban Affairs.

Isabel was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, but moved to Tucson, Arizona at an early age. She holds a B.A. with honors in International Relations and History from the University of Pennsylvania, and also studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked as an insurance broker. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks French. She is married and has one daughter.

Wed 12/7 (3pm) – Rehearsal for the AC Volunteers Environment Group elementary schools presentation

*Please come to this event if you plan on presenting with this group

Wed 12/7 (3pm) – Rehearsal for the AC Volunteers Orphanage Group for the upcoming event at the orphanage

*Please come to this event if you plan on volunteering with this group the following weekend

The AC will open late, at 2:30pm this day

Thur 12/8 (2pm) – Debate Skills Presentation at Tunis Business School

This event is open to the public so, please come if you like.

This means that the AC will close at 1:15 this day

Fri 12/9 (3pm) – Film Screening: Cartoon Christmas Classics

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