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Ambassadorial Lecture Series: <br> Vasil Sikharulidze

Ambassadorial Lecture Series: <br> Vasil Sikharulidze

The Office of International Programs is pleased to welcome His Excellency Vasil "David" Sikharulidze of Georgia to the University of Maryland.

Mr. Vasil Sikharulidze was born on 30 May 1968 in Tbilisi.  In 1993, he graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University, Faculty of Physician. From 1993 to 1995, he worked at the Institute of Psychiatry as a physician, psychiatrist.

From 1995-1996, he was Executive Director of the Atlantic Council of Georgia. From 1996 to 2000, he worked in the Parliament of Georgia as a leading specialist on the Committee on Defense and Security. From 2000 to 2002, he held the position of the Head of NATO Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.  In 2002, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the Georgian Mission of NATO in Brussels (Belgium). In 2004, from March to July, he served as Undersecretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. In July of 2004, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia.  In October of 2005 he became the First Deputy Minister of Defense responsible for policy and planning, international relations and legal affairs.

On March 1, 2006 He was appointed as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the USA, Canada and Mexico.

His lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 9 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in 6137 McKeldin Library - all are welcome. 

About the Ambassadorial Lecture Series

The Office of International Programs capitalizes on UM's "unfair advantage" of proximity to Washington, DC to invite high level members of the diplomatic community to speak on campus each semester about their country's perspectives on current world conditions and likely future developments.

This lecture series began in 2001 and has included visits from the ambassadors of Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and Uganda.

For more information about the series, please contact Lucie Covey.