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Creating a Modern Foreign Service: A Conversation With Audri Mukhopadhyay

  • Junior Common Room, Trinity College 6 Hoskin Avenue Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1H8 Canada (map)

Are you interested in foreign policy, public service, or management strategy? 

Join the International Relations Society and Audri Mukhopadhyay, Director of Global Affairs Canada's Blueprint 2020 modernization initiative and founder of Global Affairs Canada's Strategic Initiatives Division, for a conversation this Friday in Trinity's Junior Common Room. 

Mr. Mukhopadhyay will discuss Global Affairs Canada's strategy to modernize by 2020 in response to a changing world. The event will be a window into management strategies, the evolving public service, and the future of Canada's foreign service. 

This conversation will feature a short presentation followed by a Q&A . Attendees are invited to spark discussion on issues ranging from public service modernization, to careers, the Canadian foreign service, management strategy, and more. 

All are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us for this engaging conversation. 

Speaker's biography: 

Audri Mukhopadhyay is the Director of 2020@International at Global Affairs Canada. Previously, he has served in a variety of positions, including as the Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 2009 to 2013. 

Audri joined the Department now called Global Affairs Canada in 2005 when he founded the Strategic Initiatives Division. Afterwards, he was the Director of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania Commercial Relations from 2007 to 2009. 

Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Audri was the Government of Canada’s representative to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He has also worked as an economist with Finance Canada, and for the private sector in Silicon Valley, California. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Audri holds two degrees from Oxford University: an M.B.A. and an M.Phil in Economics, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Dalhousie University. He has presented guest lectures at universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Vietnam. Audri was appointed Dean of the Ho Chi Minh City Diplomatic Corps in 2013, and he is a recipient of the Government of Canada’s Public Service Award of Excellence.

Audri grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and speaks English, French, and Bengali.

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