Speaker brings international experience

Western Australia’s US Consul General Rachel Cooke will speak in Albany on International Women’s Day as part of the Great Southern Speaker Series.

Ms Cooke took up her post in August 2016, having previously served as Deputy Director of the Department of State, overseeing bilateral policy between the US and six southeast Asian nations. She spent five years working on Afghanistan issues, focusing primarily on education development and media engagement, and leading joint civilian-military training. Ms Cooke has also served in Malaysia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, where she was acting public affairs officer during both the 2005 and 2010 revolutions.

The Great Southern Speaker Series is a partnership between the City of Albany, UWA Albany Centre, South Coast Natural Resource Management and the GSDC.

Ms Cooke will draw on her international experiences when she talks ‘in conversation’ with the ABC’s Christine Layton at 6.30pm on Thursday 8 March in the Kalyenup Studio at the Albany Entertainment Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the centre’s website.

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