July 23, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

A keynote conversation as part of the Beyond the Horizon summit, featuring Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis.

As Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, Ambassador Kounalakis will address California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the state can emerge from this crisis stronger than before. She will also discuss how California’s global relationships are essential to addressing the challenges of today and what we must do to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.

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Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor, State of California

Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. A native Californian, she visited each of the state’s 58 counties during her historic campaign. From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Her highly acclaimed memoir, Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest (The New Press, 2015), chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding. Read more.


Ambassador Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, City of Los Angeles

Ambassador Hachigian is a Pacific Council Director and LA Deputy Mayor for International Affairs. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from 2014-2017. Read more.

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