Zeenat Rahman

Winter 2015 Resident Fellow

Special Adviser to Secretaries Clinton and Kerry on Global Youth Issues

Zeenat Rahman most recently served as a Presidential Political Appointee at the U.S. Department of State. She was a Special Adviser to both Secretaries Clinton and Kerry on Global Youth Issues. In this position, she encouraged foreign governments to respond to youth issues through policy change, and created opportunities for young people to pursue their economic and civic aspirations. During her tenure, she created new private sector partnerships focused on youth employment and skills development, worked with U.S. embassies to create an extensive network of more than 75 Youth Councils worldwide, and built global entrepreneurship programs to support nascent entrepreneurs in emerging economies. She also supported the President’s signature youth leadership programs including the Young African Leadership Initiative, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.


Title: Next Generation Diplomacy: Leadership and Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Description: Young people today are one of the foremost potential drivers of economic and social progress; they are rising power centers, credible voices, and key influencers in their communities. In countries where autocratic or failed governments have not served their citizens, innovation is often being led by young people.  It is clear that strategically integrating and advancing youth issues as a foreign policy priority can reap immediate and long term dividends or cause disastrous consequences if left unaddressed.  In this seminar series, Zeenat will explore the impact of young people in political, social, and economic issues around the world.  

Day: Thursdays, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5

Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm

Location: Institute of Politics Living Room, 5707 South Woodlawn Avenue

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Audriana Hull
Enya Gonzalez Guitart
Nicole Gorton
Victoria Huang