Past Events

Community Programs has a legacy of providing diverse programming in the greater Seattle community. Programs range from the Global Leadership Series, to expert lectures, to personal luncheons, round-table discussions, and off-the-record briefings.

Some of our top-level speakers include:

Countless other speakers join us almost weekly to share their expertise. Recent speakers who have lectured for World Affairs Council audiences include:

  • Humaira Shahid, Punjab Provincial Assembly Member, Journalist, and Human Rights Activist
  • Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Mechai Viravaidya (aka Mr. Condom), Founder and Chair of the Population and Community Development Association, Population and Development, International, and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation
  • Christian Parenti, Author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, Journalist, and Scholar
  • Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Syrian Opposition Leader and Visiting Scholar at The Institute for Middle East Studies at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University
  • Steve Inskeep, Co-Host of NPR’s The Morning Edition
  • Professor Mike Veseth, Wine Economist and Author and Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound
  • Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations and Author
  • Ambassador David Scheffer, Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Director of Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Jackee Budesta Batanda, 2011-2012 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Cristi Hegranes, Founder and Executive Director of Global Press Institute
  • Jensine Larsen, Founder and CEO of World Pulse
  • Nils Daulaire, Director, Offices of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Anne-Christine d’Adesky, former San Francisco Examiner Foreign Correspondent in Haiti & award-winning activist “for pioneering public information about HIV/AIDS”
  • Jessica Stern, Program Director and Acting Executive Director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Dr. Kapya Kaoma, Project Director at Political Research Associates
  • Eva Shinagel, Senior Civilian Representative to Task Force Wolverine in Afghanistan
  • Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
  • Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University
  • Lisa Shannon, Founder of Run for Congo Women
  • David Kilcullen, Former Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus and General Stanley McChrystal
  • Patrick Awuah, Founder and President, Ashesi University
  • Peter Woicke Former Board Chair, International Save the Children Alliance and Former Managing Director, World Bank
  • Aba Ackun Current Board Chair, Ashesi University Foundation and Regional Credit Risk Manager at Accion International, Ghana
  • Araba Amuasi, Operations Manager, Village of Hope Orphanage, Ghana
  • Nandan Nilekani, Founder, Infosys,  India
  • Damibisa Moyo, Author and Economist
  • Aaron S. Williams, United States Peace Corps Director
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Author and Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Rick Steves, Travel Writer and Public Radio and Public Television Host
  • Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Intimate events give attendees the chance for one-on-one interaction and better engage the speaker. Recent examples of individuals who have been distinguished guests at off-the-record briefings for World Affairs Council members, dinners, or luncheons include:

  • Samir Sumaida’ie, Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
  • Daniel Griswold, Director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute
  • Thomas Graham, Former Assistant to President George W. Bush on Russian Affairs
  • Eugene Rumer, Senior Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies
  • Sheilah Kaufman, Turkish Cuisine Specialist and Food Writer