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His Excellency was born August 1, 1943 in Linz, Upper Austria. He began his diplomatic journey from 1960-62 at High School as an exchange student studying in Minnesota. He graduated ultimately from Linz High School majoring in the core languages of Latin and Greek. 

His studies from 1966-77 continued in Political Science at the Institute for Political Science in the University of Paris leading up to his award of Doctorate Degree in Law at the University of Vienna.

​However, as early as 1969 His Excellency entered into Diplomatic Service, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and Military. He was seconded to head position at the office of Alois Mock (a prominent politician), and later held the post of Deputy Leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (ÖVP). Lastly serving as Foreign Minister.

From 1977–93 he served as a Member of the Austrian National Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Audit Committee, Member of the Committees on Constitution, Internal Security, Science and Education, Foreign Affairs, and Austrian industries. 

His Excellency served as Austrian Ambassador to Finland with additional accreditation to Estonia from 1994-2000, and as Austrian Ambassador to Canada with additional accreditation to Jamaica from 2000-03.

From 2004-05 he served as Head of the Department for Bilateral and Multilateral Economic Relations in the Austrian Foreign Ministry, and as Austrian Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg from 2005-08 before his retirement January 2009.

S​ummit on Global Political Stability
Challenges, Solutions, Opportunities
Opening Address: 
Former Ambassador His Excellency Wendelin Ettmayer
Lunch Address: Dr. Shelton Williams, Osgood Center - DC
Session Presenters
Robert Nickelsberg, Time Mag. Afghanistan
Robert Mallett, CEO Accordia Global Health
Shelton Williams graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government. He also received a MA and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is Professor Emeritus of  Political Science and International Studies at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and is the founder and President of the  Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is on the faculty of the Norwich Masters in Diplomacy Program where he usually teaches Seminar Six on International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism. Williams is foremost a specialist in issues relating to  nuclear proliferation . He served as a policy analyst and consultant to the  Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Carter and Reagan administrations where he worked both on IAEA safeguards and on the US Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978. . During the  Bill Clinton  Administration, Williams served as a William C. Foster Visiting Scholar at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. ACDA posted him to the US Mission to the UN where he served as a delegate to the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference and the Comprehensive Treaty. Williams has been a supporter of the  Model United Nations  program for over thirty years, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the National Model United Nations.
Robert Nickelsberg has documented Afghanistan since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan. He has worked as a Time Magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. His images have appeared in publications and broadcasts that include Time, The New York Times, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Paris Match, Stern, CNN and NBC. His photographs have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and at the New America Foundation in New York. Nickelsberg lives with his wife in Brooklyn. Nickesberg has covered conflict in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan-Afghanistan, Al-Queda and the Taliban.

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Robert L. Mallett is currently a board member and President & CEO of Accordia Global Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to health systems strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa. For much of his professional career, Mr. Mallett has served in the health sector as a board member of health centered nonprofit organizations and at industry-leading health care companies. He is formerly Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Public and Senior Markets Group, a division of United Health Group. Immediately prior to joining United Health Group, Mallett served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Policy & Public Affairs, Pfizer Inc. At Pfizer, among other things, he co-led the company's efforts on enhancing global access to medicines and served as President of the Pfizer Foundation. Mr. Mallett has also enjoyed a stimulating career as a chief operating officer in both federal and local government. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and he was City Administrator and Deputy Mayor for Operations for the District of Columbia. He has been the Peter P. Mullen Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and a Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Mallett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administrators.


Closing Address: 
Former Ambassador & National Security Advisor James Franklin Jeffrey
James Franklin Jeffrey is a former senior American diplomat and an expert in political, security, and energy issues in the Middle East, Turkey, Germany, and the Balkans.

He has held senior assignments in Washington, D.C., and abroad, including United States Ambassador to Iraq (2010–2012) and United States Ambassador to Turkey under (2008–2010) under the Obama Administration; Deputy National Security Advisor (2007–2008) and Ambassador to Albania (2002-2004) under the Bush Administration.  In 2010 Jeffrey was appointed to the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, Career Ambassador. From 1969 to 1976, Jeffrey was a U.S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam.

Jeffrey is a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a member of the Defense Policy Board, a member of the American Council on Germany, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the advisory board for DC-based non-profit America Abroad Media.He is a frequent commentator on broader foreign policy, national security, and economic trends.

Jeffrey has received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award on two occasions, in 2010 and 2012, as well as the Secretary of State's Career Service Award in 2012, and the Distinguished Honor Award in 2005. Secretary Leon Panetta presented him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service in 2011, and CIA Director David Petraeus awarded Jeffrey the Director's Medal in 2012. He received Boston University's School of Management Award for Distinguished Service in 2006, and the American Bar Association's Award for Promoting Rule of Law Worldwide in 2004. His military awards include the Bronze Star.
Topic: Global Leadership & Stability
Topic: Journey to Afghanistan, Political & Social Perspectives
Topic: Iraqi Arms, Turkey & ISIS, and Middle East Stability
Topic: Global Infectious Diseases/Security
Topic: Power of the United Nations
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