Warburg Lecture by Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

Health Security in a Disordered World

Starts:  11/27/2018  5:00 PM
Ends: 11/27/2018 6:30 PM
Location: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Humanity is healthier today than ever before. Infant mortality rates have declined, life expectancy has increased, infectious diseases have been checked. Poor nations have made the most progress in recent decades, in part because improved global health was a priority within a liberal democratic world order upheld by the United States and the United Nations.

The future of that global order is now in doubt. How will we deal with new health challenges certain to arise in our disordered and often violent world? Will the United States continue to pursue, or withdraw from, its traditional leadership role in promoting global health security?

Join us for our fall 2018 Warburg Lecture with Ambassador Jimmy Kolker. Amb. Kolker retired in January 2017 as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the Department's chief health diplomat. His 30-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State included ambassador posts in Burkina Faso and Uganda.

Light refreshments will be served.

Presented by the Warburg Program and the Department of Political Science & International Relations | College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice | Simmons University


Ambassador Jimmy Kolker retired in January 2017 as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, Kolker was the Department's chief health diplomat, heading the office of Global Affairs, a division in the office of the Secretary and representing the United States at World Health Organization meetings and as alternate Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Ambassador Kolker had a 30-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State where he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso (1999-2002) and to Uganda (2002-2005). From 2005-2007, he was Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

From 2007-2011, Ambassador Kolker was Chief of the AIDS Section at UNICEF's New York headquarters. During this time, he led UNICEF's work on HIV and AIDS, focusing on mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, pediatric treatment, prevention among adolescents and young people, and protection for children and families affected by AIDS.

Since retirement, Amb. Kolker has been affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. He serves on the boards of the ABInBev Foundation, the Firelight Foundation and Building Tomorrow and advisory committees for Catholic Relief Services and Texas Children's Hospital Global HOPE.

Ambassador Kolker holds a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College in Minnesota. He was a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow (1970-1971). He speaks French, Swedish, and Portuguese.


(Photo credit: Firelight Foundation)