UMD: A Globally Connected University

Maryland Global Leaders Lecture Series

Maryland Global Leaders Lecture Series

International writer, commentator, and former Foreign Affairs editor Dr. Moises Naim

Our Maryland Global Leaders lecture series capitalizes on UMD's location neighboring Washington, DC to bring high-level diplomats, businesses, other international community leaders, and prominent visitors to College Park to share with the campus community their perspectives on vital global challenges and opportunities for international cooperation and global development.  A joint effort with partners across campus, the series welcomes suggestions for potential speakers. Contact OIA Associate Director Joe Scholten

Please contact us, as well, whenever you are planning to invite a high-level diplomat to campus, for advice about protocol and just as a matter of institutional awareness.

This lecture series extends and expands the previous Ambassadorial Lecture series that had brought to campus ambassadors from Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Not able to attend a Maryland Global Leaders event?

No problem! Look below for photos and videos online.


  • "The 'Good Friday Agreement' of 1998 and Twenty Years of Peace" featuring Irish Ambassador Daniel Mullhall (4.10.2018)



  • " Higher Education and the Rebuilding of Afghanistan" featuring Afghan Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib (11.30.2017)



  • "Population Movements and Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean" featuring Greek Ambassador Haris Lalacos (4.6.2017)