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October 21, 2010

New public affairs team at US Consulate


October 21, 2010

THE US Consulate General in Lahore has welcomed a new team of officers working in the Public Affairs Section.
Bringing extensive experience from previous diplomatic posts, including Sudan, Indonesia and Poland, as well as prior experience in the private, media and education sectors, these three public diplomacy officers will work with the media, initiate American cultural programming and increase educational opportunities for Pakistanis both locally and in the United States.
“We have a fresh new team of accomplished public diplomacy professionals here at US Consulate General Lahore,” said US Consul General Carmela Conroy here in a press release. “We look forward to exciting new cultural and educational programs, and continuing our outreach to the people of Punjab, including the ACCESS English program, which educates over 5,000 disadvantaged children, and bringing renowned US experts to Pakistan to discuss topics of mutual interest, Carmela Conroy said.
Jennifer Larson is the new Public Affairs Officer, and will manage the broad portfolio of public diplomacy efforts in Punjab. Her most recent tour was at the US Mission to UNESCO in Paris, and she has also served at diplomatic postings in Sudan, Jerusalem and Lebanon. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Larson worked as a public affairs talk show producer for National Public Radio. Her academic background is in Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies, with specialisation in Arabic, French and Spanish.
Tristram Perry serves as the Information Officer and in this new position acts as spokesman and main liaison for the media. He recently worked at the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and at diplomatic posts in Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Washington D.C. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in public relations in Boston, including as Director of Public Relations for the Boston Conservatory. Mr. Perry was educated at Tufts and Oxford Universities, and speaks Russian,

German and Indonesian. Mark Hilbert serves as the Cultural Affairs Officer, coordinating US cultural and educational programming. Previously, he worked in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C. Prior to working at the U.S. Department of State, he coordinated grants and international exchange programmes at the University of Minnesota, worked as a United States Information Service (USIS) Fellow in Poland, Latvia and Ukraine.

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