Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 26, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 26, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 36
British Ambassador to U.S. to give Leaders & Legends Lecture

Sir Nigel Sheinwald

By Andrew Blumberg
Carey Business School

The British ambassador to the United States, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, will speak on "Keeping Markets Open: What's Next After the London G20 Summit," at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School's Leaders & Legends lecture series on Tuesday, June 4. It will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

With policy-making experience in cities ranging from Moscow to Brussels to London, Sir Nigel is deeply involved in efforts to coordinate the European and American responses to the world's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

A veteran statesman and negotiator, Sir Nigel has guided Britain's communications with governments in the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. Before being appointed to his present post, he served as foreign policy and defense adviser to the prime minister and head of the Cabinet Office Defence and Overseas Secretariat.

Throughout his distinguished diplomatic career, Sir Nigel has played a key role in many world-changing decisions and agreements. In 2003, as British ambassador to the European Union, he effected a landmark agreement in which Gen. Moammar Gadhafi renounced terrorism and forfeited Libya's weapons of mass destruction. He later served as Prime Minister Tony Blair's top foreign policy adviser, and in 2007 secured the release of 15 British sailors held captive by Iran.

As ambassador since 2007, Sir Nigel heads the British embassy in Washington, D.C., and oversees nine consulates-general located throughout the United States. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1976 and has served in Washington, Brussels and Moscow, and in a wide range of policy jobs in London.

The Leaders & Legends monthly breakfast series features today's most influential business and public policy leaders addressing topics of global interest and importance. Leaders & Legends is designed to engage business and community professionals in an examination of the most compelling issues and challenges facing society today.

Admission to the lecture, which includes breakfast, is $35.

To register and for more information, go to


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