Ukraine’s Georgetown Alumni Meet Their Most Senior Fellow Alumnus: Ambassador John Tefft

Posted by: Major Patrick Self, Assistant Air Attaché, Defense Attaché Office, U.S. Embassy Kyiv

On March 7th U.S. Embassy Kyiv hosted 2012’s first meeting of the Georgetown Club of Ukraine, featuring a conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft on Ukraine’s Place in U.S. regional foreign policy for Eastern Europe and the CIS Countries. The event saw over 20 Ukrainian and American alumni of Georgetown University coming together to engage in a fascinating discussion with Ambassador Tefft. The participants enjoyed networking during the subsequent cocktail hour, continuing a tradition that brings closer a worldwide network of individuals who all share the same unique experience of studying at Georgetown University.

Former Ukrainian First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko and Ukraine CitiBank Director Steve Fisher attended the event, along with a number of young professionals from Ukraine’s vibrant public and private sectors, including professionals from investment banking, legal, academic, media, public policy, political and government circles. U.S. Embassy Kyiv alone counts about 14 Georgetown Alumni, mostly employees, but also spouses. An especially remarkable “Georgetown family” among these is that of Ambassador Tefft, who graduated from Georgetown University along with his wife, Mariella, and one of his daughters.

The Georgetown Club of Ukraine was founded several years ago by Christopher Giles (Georgetown University Law School graduate), owner of the Giles Legal Practice law firm. In May 2011, Tamerlan Vahabov (Georgetown School of Foreign Service graduate), assumed the presidency of the Georgetown Club of Ukraine. The Club meets every 2-3 months, and has become a welcome addition to the calendar of alumni and friends of the Georgetown community in Kyiv. It’s a great opportunity to engage public figures and top business managers who are invited to speak at Club events.

If you are in Ukraine and have a connection to Georgetown University or want to get involved in the group, you can contact me at the email below. The Hoya circle in Ukraine is fast expanding and everyone is welcome!

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