Dinner Meeting Information

Member dinners are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at:

Annapolis Doubletree Hotel
210 Holiday Court (where Forest Drive ends at Riva Road)
Annapolis MD

Meeting schedule:

6:00 pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm Guest Speaker, usually including a question-and-answer period
9:00 pm Closing Remarks

Each meeting has a single invited guest speaker who represents a specific foreign country or is a representative of a major U.S. government organization, U.S. Congress or international-multilateral organization. Most often the speakers are Ambassadors who present major issues of interest and concern to them and the United States. In its almost 50 years of existence, the Club has enjoyed presentations by Ambassadors from more than 115 countries and regions throughout the world.

The guest presentation starts at approximately 8:00 pm and allows 15 to 20 minutes for questions and answers, usually ending at 9:00 pm. The audience submits questions on cards at the end of the presentation and most speakers answer all questions, without “boundaries”, as time allows.

The emphasis is always on informality, and each meeting is oriented toward casual and interesting dinner conversation. To further that objective, the Club also welcomes the guest speaker’s spouse, companion or associate at each dinner meeting.

  • Cost of dinner is $35 per person, not including a cash bar open before each dinner.
  • If you would like to come as a guest for a “trial membership”, contact the Membership or Reservation Chair.

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December 5, 2018

Her Excellency Madame Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan

Dina Kawar is Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States, which position she has held since June 2016. Ambassador Kawar also served as the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations from August 2014 to June 2016.  She has led the Jordanian delegation to the United Nations Security Council from 2014 to 2015 and became the first Arab woman to ever preside over the council.  Prior to her position in New York, Ambassador Dina Kawar served as Ambassador to France from 2001 to 2013, with concurrent accreditation to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and to the Holy See.  She also served as non-resident Ambassador to Portugal from 2005 to 2013.  Ambassador Kawar holds a number of decorations including the Medal of Independence of the First Degree from Jordan, Commandeur De La Legion d’Honneur from France, Madalha de D. Afonso Henrique from Portugal and Insignes de Dame de Grand-Croix de l’Ordre de Saint Gregoire le Grand from the Holy See. Ambassador Kawar holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Mills College.  She attended Harvard’s Center for International Affairs from 1986 to 1987.

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January 9, 2019

Her Excellency Madame Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland

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February 6, 2019
His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpur, Ambassador of Singapore

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March 6, 2019

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April 3, 2019

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May 1, 2019
His Excellency Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium

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June 5, 2019

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Previous Speakers for this Year’s Program

See History for previous years’ speakers.

September 5, 2018
His Excellency, Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States

Mr. Haarde holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from Brandeis and University of Minnesota and a MA with distinction in International Relations from John Hopkins.  He began his career as Economist in the International Department of the Central Bank of Iceland and then became the Political Adviser to the Minister of Finance.  He was a member of the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, from 1987 to 2009, during which time he held many roles, including Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Independence Party, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and finally Prime Minister of Iceland.  From 2009 to 2014 he served as an independent consultant and speaker.

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October 3, 2018

His Excellency Pjer Šimonović, Ambassador of Croatia to the United States

Mr. Šimonović, born in Split, earned a BA in Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Italian Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb.  He began his career as a journalist covering the unraveling of the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe; in 1993 left Croatia to work at BBC World Service radio, during which time he also earned a Master’s Degree in War Studies at King’s College London.  Šimonović joined the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zagreb in 1998 as Deputy Head of the Analytical Department and served in his first foreign posting as First Secretary and Counselor for Political Affairs as well as Deputy Head of Mission in Paris.  After a brief return to Journalism, he rejoined the Foreign Service to serve as national coordinator for NATO, as well as Assistant Minister for International Organizations and Security.  He then moved to the Ministry of Defense serving as Director of Defense Policy and later as State Secretary for Defense Policy.  Returning to the Foreign Ministry, Šimonović served as Ambassador to Israel from 2012 to 2016 and now holds the position of Ambassador to the United States.

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November 7, 2018

His Excellency Carlos Wahnon Veiga, Ambassador of Cabo Verde

Ambassador Veiga was born in 1949 on São Vicente Island and has a degree from the Classical University of Lisbon (Portugal).  He was Prime Minister from 1991-2000, and he successfully ran for President as a candidate of the Movement for Democracy (MpD) in 2001 and 2006.  Previously, Veiga served as Director General of Internal Administration from 1975-78.  From 1978-80, he was the Attorney General of Cabo Verde.  Due to ideological disagreements with the then single-party government, he left his public administration position and opened his private law firm.  Veiga served as President of the Cabo Verdean Bar Association from 1982-86 and was elected a member of the National Assembly in 1985.  Veiga started to question the country’s single party political system and ultimately sought to change the constitution to allow for a multi-party democracy.  In 1990, he founded the MpD and was elected the first leader of the party.  In January 1991, MpD won by 53 of the 79 National Assembly seats making him the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Cabo Verde.  He resigned as Prime Minister to run as MpD’s candidate in the 2001 presidential election, which he lost by 17 votes to Pedro Pires of the African Party for the Independence of Cabo Verde (PAICV),  He lost again to Pires in 2006.  In both elections, Veiga lost by less than one percent.  Veiga led the MpD from 1990-2000 and again from 2009-2013.

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