COVID Consular Conversations: Approaches from Argentina, Canada and Costa Rica
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The coronavirus pandemic has added a new dimension to international competition even as it has underscored global connectivity in a new and challenging way.
Diplomats working around the world to knit together a coordinated response are doing without their customary personal touch and with the added responsibility of shepherding their compatriots through an unprecedented health and economic crisis.
Join Global Atlanta June 11 for the second virtual edition of Consular Conversations, our ongoing series of interviews with consuls general working in the Southeast United States, sponsored by Miller & Martin PLLC.
Our monthly luncheons may be on indefinite hiatus, but these discussions are as important as ever at a time when cross-border collaboration is at a premium.
For this edition, we’re welcoming as our guests:
- Canadian Consul General Nadia Theodore
- Costa Rican Consul General Flora Leah Venegas
- Argentine Consul General Jorge Lopez Menardi
Registration is limited to the first 100 attendees. Global Atlanta email newsletter subscribers and Consular Conversations annual pass holders will be prioritized.
This event is free, but the $40 Consular Conversations annual pass is available. While we’re unable to meet in person or offer luncheons for the foreseeable pandemic future, we’re providing the following benefits to those who buy/renew the pass through the end of May:
Early notification and priority registration for limited virtual event slots
Extension of annual pass validity to all in-person luncheons through the end of 2021
Access to digital recordings of live online events, even without attending
Access to e-book with Consular Conversations summaries
About our speakers:
Nadia Theodore has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs, holding leadership positions on several recent and major trade initiatives of Global Affairs Canada. Most recently, Nadia served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade. She was named Consul General for the US Southeast in August 2017.
With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Ms. Theodore’s appointment comes as Canada, Mexico and the United States have launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As part of Canada’s international trade negotiating team, Nadia has built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade initiatives. Beyond trade negotiations, she helped Canada’s Trade and Investment Strategy, which is focussed on ways to continue to help Canadian companies connect, compete and grow internationally.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University. She is married and has one child.
Flora Leah Venegas Corrales, was born in San José, Costa Rica.
Mrs. Venegas is a Lawyer and career diplomat occupying the rank of Minister Counselor.
She is a lawyer, graduated with honors from the most prestigious University in Costa Rica (Universidad de Costa Rica) and practiced law for six years in Costa Rica before entering the professional diplomatic service. She also has a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and studied international negotiation, trade and business. As a Diplomat, she has served as an International Cooperation Department officer, as Consul in Miami, Consul in David, Panama, and Chief of Immunities and Privileges for Foreign Missions. She also served as a Professor of the International Affair School of Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica. Today she manages cases from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Mr. Jorge Lopez Menardi is a career diplomat and was appointed Consul General of Argentina in Atlanta on March 21, 2016.
He came to Atlanta from Buenos Aires, where he last served as Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Having graduated with a degree in Law from “Universidad de Buenos Aires”, he entered the Diplomatic Academy in 1991. His first post abroad was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Argentine Embassy in Jamaica in 1995. From Kingston he was transferred to Washington DC and served as Alternate Permanent Representative to the Argentine Mission to the OAS, in 1998.
From 2000 till 2006 he worked as a staffer for the Undersecretary of Foreign Policy and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in Buenos Aires, and then he was designated as head of the Consular Section of the Argentine Embassy in Washington DC, a position he held from 2006 till 2012.