MANILA – Next month, former US Secretary of State, best-selling author and business leader Madeleine Albright will headline the ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) annual leadership series, and share her experience in navigating international relations with an audience in the Philippines.
Albright blazed the trail for women in government as the first female to serve as the US’ top diplomat, holding the position from 1997 to 2001 under then-President Bill Clinton.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Albright led a colorful life as a foreign relations specialist and diplomat.
She worked as part of the National Security Council from 1978 to 1981 and served as foreign policy adviser to Democratic presidential and vice-presidential nominees in the 1980s.
In 1992, she was designated as the US’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and assumed the post in 1993.
After her stint in the international body, Albright was tapped to be the Secretary of State during President Clinton’s second term.
She was the US foreign secretary when the NATO called off airstrikes again Yugoslavia after Slobodan Miloševic agreed to an international peace plan.
As Secretary of State, Albright visited Pyongyang, North Korea in 2000, making her the highest sitting US government official to visit the country up to this day.
After her diplomatic roles, she became chair of the National Democratic Institute and also founded and chaired the Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management. She also published five best-selling books.
In 2013, then-President Barack Obama awarded Albright the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States.
She will share her views on the world’s current dynamic political and economic situation when she sits down with ANC’s Karen Davila on July 19 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for ANC’s Forum on Global Governance & World Economy.
This will be the second time ANC will feature a world-renowned speaker for its annual forum. Last year, businessman and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson shared his knowledge to a crowd of business leaders and professionals.
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