H.E. Ambassador Fernando M. Valenzuela to Speak at Fairleigh Dickinson

Madison, N.J. (September 25, 2008) – “The European Union – Problems and Prospects” is the topic for His Excellency Ambassador Fernando Valenzuela, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission To the United Nations, when he speaks on Wednesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham campus in Madison, N.J. His remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. 

This UN Pathways Lecture will be held in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (The Mansion). This event is presented by the University’s Office of Global Learning in collaboration with the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations.

H.E. Ambassador Fernando Valenzuela, Delegation of the European Community, has served in his current role since 2005. A career diplomat since his first position with the Bureau of International Organizations in 1974, the ambassador has served in numerous positions throughout his career. From 2000-2005, Valenzuela served as Political Director, Deputy Director, General for the European Commission where he was responsible for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Multilateral Affairs and relations with North America, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association.

Some of his many previous positions also include serving as Ambassador of Spain to Canada from 1996 - 1999 from 1999 - 2000 as the Ambassador at Large for the Coordinator Stability Pact from 1999 - 2000  for South Eastern Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as Chairman of the European Commission's standing Task Force for Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management.

Ambassador Valenzuela holds a Master in Law from the University of Zaragoza, a Diploma in International Studies from Diplomatic School in Madrid, and a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Paris II. He is also active in the academic community, having served at the Consultative Counsel for the Centre of International Studies at the University of Barcelona and currently sits on the Advisory Council of the Asia House in Barcelona, Spain.

The Ambassador’s lecture at FDU is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6:00 PM.  For further information, please call Dr. Jo Anne Murphy at 973-443-8876 or email her at jo-anne_murphy@fdu.edu.  

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