The Ambassador of Mali to the United States, Sekou Berthé, will give two presentations at IUP.

The first, "West and Central Africa at the Crossroads of Global Security Challenges," will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in Leonard Hall, Room B-11. The ambassador will discuss local rebels and international networks such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. He will also describe US and European cooperation with African governments on security issues.

The ambassador will also present "Economic Matters and Investment Opportunities in Mali, West Africa"  on Wednesday, March 22, 12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m. in Leonard Hall, Room B-11.

Both events are free and open to the public. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

Ambassador Berthé began his career working with Amnesty International in Bamako, where he promoted education on human rights and advocated for the protection of human rights activists. For most of his career, he was a professor at the University of Law and Political Sciences in Bamako, teaching constitutional law, international law, and international relations. He was appointed as ambassador in June 2022, after serving for several months as the special counsel to the President of the Transition of the Republic of Mali.

Ambassador Berthé's visit to IUP is cosponsored by the Pan-African Studies Program, the Office of International Education, the Eberly College of Business, and the College of Arts and Humanities.