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03.03.2016

66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to give Public Lecture “Challenges in an Ever-Changing World” at the invitation of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation

On March 9, 2016, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State (2005-2009), will meet Ukrainian students, scholars and opinion-makers as a part of the Public Lectures project of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

In her lecture “Challenges in an Ever-Changing World”, Dr. Rice will comment on challenges and opportunities of the current geopolitical landscape and will provide understanding of how Ukraine should position itself on the global arena.

As a part of its Public Lectures project launched in 2006, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation regularly invites leading thinkers, politicians and public figures to Ukraine to discuss challenges facing the world and Ukraine. By organizing such a dialogue between world leaders and Ukrainian students, the Foundation has for a decade contributed to fostering a new generation of responsible leaders.

In previous years, lectures were given, among others, by Francis Fukuyama, Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University; Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; James Wolfensohn, 9th President of the World Bank Group; Colin Powell, 65th US Secretary of State; Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (1999-2009) and Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999); Joschka Fischer, Vice Chancellor of Germany (1998-2005); Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States; Shimon Peres, the 9th President of Israel; Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1997-2007); Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (1998-2005); Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Physics , and Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation; Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and others.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation is an international, private and non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. It was established in 2006 by businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. Its goal is to empower the young generation to change their country and the world.

Official website: pinchukfund.org

For media inquiries please contact the press-office of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation:
e-mail: [email protected]
office: +380 44 494 11 48

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

Dr. Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from January 2005-2009, where she was the first African American woman and the second woman in the US history to hold the post. Dr. Rice also served as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military. By 1991, Dr. Rice changed several positions in the National Security Council under President George H. W. Bush, specializing in Soviet and East European Affairs.

Dr. Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. Dr. Rice’s teaching at Stanford University won her two of the highest teaching honors. She has been active in establishment and expansion of successful afterschool learning programs, such as Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two best sellers, ‘No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington’ (2011) and ‘Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family’ (2010); ‘Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft’ (1995) with Philip Zelikow; ‘The Gorbachev Era’ (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and ‘Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army’ (1984). Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame; and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates. She is the founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and has served as a member of the board of several international companies and initiatives. Dr. Rice currently resides in Stanford, California.

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