During the Spring 2014 semester we proudly hosted H.E. Amb. Plenipotentiary Daouda Diabate from the Ivory Coast. His Excellency joined us for a special guest lecture where he discussed recent Ivorian history and notable political developments. Following his remarks, His Excellency graciously answered numerous questions from our audience.
After this fascinating discussion, Mr Diabate was our guest of honor at our international student banquet that featured our international students, foreign cuisine, Ivorian cultural artifacts, and a variety of musical selections.
Ivory Coast Background
This Western African country is viewed by many as the region’s economic engine but also has a rich cultural history. Under current President Alassane Outtara, the country is presently seeking ways to invest in numerous infrastructure projects, to generate additional economic growth, while also stabilizing the country’s democratic system following the country’s contested 2010 presidential election.
Ambassador Diabate’s Background
H.E. Mr. Daouda Diabate is currently serving as Côte d’Ivoire’s Ambassador to the United States for a second time. Mr Diabate has served numerous agencies in his country including the Foreign Ministry, various Ivorian Embassies, and the Ministry of Civil Service. As well, Mr. Diabate has served as Ambassador to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, and, more recently, the United States. He also has an impressive educational background including his B.A. in English (National University of Abidjan, 1974), a graduate degree in diplomatic administration (1975), and a graduate degree in advanced diplomatic studies from the International Institute for Public Administration and International Relations (France, 1976).