Int'l Breakfast – Jun 19
Our featured speaker will be: Josiane Ambiehl, Chief of the Decolonization Unit, Dept. of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, UN. Her topic will be: “The UN and Decolonization”, focusing on how decolonization has evolved from the 50s/60s until today.  Advance reservations required. Reserve now
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About Josiane Ambiehl

Josiane Ambiehl currently serves as the Chief of the Decolonization Unit in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs of the United Nations. As such, she is providing guidance to the leadership of the Organization and Member States on decolonization matters and the 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories under the purview of the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24).

She previously served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General as Special Assistant to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Special Assistant to the Chef de Cabinet and within this period as Special Assistant to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar. She held two previous positions in the Executive Office of then Secretary-General Kofi Annan: Special Assistant of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary-General. She previously was a Political Affairs Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (Office of Operations), serving also in the field as a Political Affairs Officer in Western Sahara (MINURSO) in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and participated in assessment missions in Côte d’Ivoire.

Ms. Ambiehl joined the United Nations in 1999 as Press Officer from the private sector in Basel, Switzerland after having served as press officer at the U.S. Consulate in Strasbourg, France; and as press officer at the French Consulate in Boston, U.S.A.

Ms. Ambiehl holds a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Human Sciences in Strasbourg, France; a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages (English and German); and a Hungarian language degree from the University of Debrecen, Hungary. She speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian and Arabic.