Ambassador Santos To Speak at FDU
Timor-Leste and Its Nation Building
Nelson Santos, the new permanent representative of Timor-Leste to the United Nations, will discuss “Timor-Leste and its Nation Building” at FDU’s College at Florham Campus, Madison, NJ, on Wednesday, April 4.
Ambassador Santos was responsible for the establishment of the fledgling nation’s Foreign Ministry as he served as Secretary-General of the Timor-Leste Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation since 2002.
Among his achievements, Ambassador Santos successfully negotiated the international border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. He also actively participated in the conclusion of negotiations between Australia and Timor-Leste on Timorese sea resources.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Santos was a public servant in Macao for several years, serving as Senior Officer for Macao Interpol and as an officer at the Macao Court of Relations. He was also involved in the struggle by the Timorese resistance.
In 1993, Santos received his BA degree in applied mathematics/statistics from Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. He was among the first graduates of the Diplomacy Training Program at the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales and completed a two-year internship with the International Services for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
The lecture by Ambassador Santos is part of the United Nations Pathways Lecture Series hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson’s Office of Global Learning. The lecture series is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6 p.m. and the ambassador will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, providing the audience an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Ambassador Santos.
FDU’s College at Florham Campus is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison NJ. For directions or information, call 973.443.8661.