Texas Tech University

6th Annual
Ambassador's Forum

Presented by: Texas Tech Office of International Affairs and
the American Academy of Diplomacy

“Foreign Perception of the US in the post
COVID World:
What is reality? What is myth?
And does it matter?”

March 2, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. | Virtual Panel Discussion

This event is FREE and open to the public
Join us for a Virtual Panel Discussion

This year's panel of four distinguished, high – ranking former U.S. diplomats will lead our discussion and address your questions and concerns about the U.S. and changes in the international arena.

The audience can join the panel discussion via zoom

In addition to the public panel discussion, the Ambassadors will virtually meet with members of the leadership of the Lubbock Independent School district and about 200 local high school students. The Ambassadors will also have a dedicated virtual session with Texas Tech faculty, staff, and students. Join the TTU faculty, staff, and student panel discussion via zoom on March 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. 

Ambassador's Public Forum 

Ambassador's Faculty & Staff Panel Session 

Panel Members


Ambassador Ronald Neumann

Ronald Neumann serves as the American Academy of Diplomacy Board President and was former deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, will serve as moderator for the debate. Neumann has served as ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan.

Ronald Neumann 


Ambassador Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas is a former Ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Bangladesh as well as Director General of the Foreign Service. Ambassador Thomas also served as Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary Rice, Director General of the Foreign Service, Director for South Asia at the National Security Council and Director of the Operations Center.

Ambassador Harry Thomas 


Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

Jimmy Kolker served as the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda and Burkina Faso. He also the a former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as chief health diplomat, representing the United States at the World Health Organization. In addition, he is a Former Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, leading implementation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief



Ambassador Lawrence Greenwood

Lawrence Greenwood served as Former Ambassador to the Asian Pacific Economic Conference, former Vice President of the Asian Development Bank and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. Currently, Ambassador Greenwood is a senior advisor at Bower Group Asia, where he advises clients on government relations and international economic policy, with expertise in trade, finance, development and Asia.