Thursday, November 29, 2012
CIPI Hosting Student Roundtable Discussion on Careers at the State Department
Ms. Akunna Cook, U.S. Department of State
On Monday, December 3, the Center for International Policy & Innovation (CIPI) invites you to join us for a conversation with Akunna Cook, a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, to discuss careers at the State Department. Ms. Cook, a career Foreign Service Officer specializing in economics issues, is visiting Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a guest lecture on economic statecraft and agreed to hold a special meeting with students to discuss careers opportunities at the State Department. The roundtable discussion will be held in the University Center Peter Room from 5:00 - 6:00pm.
Presently, Ms. Cook is a Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD), where she is focused on commercial diplomacy in post-conflict countries. A career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Cook most recently served as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq where she covered investment and provincial economic issues. She has also previously served in Washington as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Africa, multi-lateral, and legal issues; Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Desk Officer for Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Ms. Cook began her Foreign Service career in Guangzhou, China, where she was a consular officer.
Ms. Cook holds a masters degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in economics from Howard University.
To attend the student roundtable discussion, please submit your RSVP by email to Kendra Gaither by Monday, December 3.