Talk by HE Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker, Ambassador
Co-Sponsored with Harvard and Yale Clubs of Washington DC
Connect with fellow alumni at a private reception with Ambassador Campbell of Nicaragua at his Embassy. This event is limited to Harvard, Yale, and ColumbiaDC members and their guests.
Learn about the fascinating Republic of Nicaragua, the largest country in the Central American isthmus from HE Francisco Obadiah Cambell Hooker and his colleagues. Then experience an authentic Nicaraguan Caballo Bayo buffet dinner prepared by Nicaraguan chefs Ms. Claudia Somarriba and Ms. Ana Flores.
We are indebted to Ms. Sammia Hodgson, the Ambassador's assistant, for her gracious collaboration and knowledge of Nicaraguan customs and cuisine.
6:00 - 6:30 pm Registration
6:30 - 7:15 pm Talk by HE Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker followed by Q&A
7:15 - 8:30 pm Reception and continued discussions and engagement with Ambassador Hooker and embassy staff.
Tickets: $45 Purchase: HERE
Biography of Ambassador Campbell Hooker
Ambassador Campbell is the first Ambassador of Nicaragua to Washington D.C. to come from the Autonomous Regions on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. In his previous diplomatic career, Campbell served as Nicaragua’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1986-1990 when Zimbabwe held the Presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement. He was concurrent Ambassador to Tanzania, Angola, and Zambia. From 1982-1986, he served in Nicaragua’s Embassy in Washington DC, overseeing outreach activities and congressional relations and was concurrent during this period to Nicaragua’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations.
Between 1997 and 2010, Ambassador Campbell served as an elected Nicaraguan member to the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) which sits in Guatemala City, Guatemala and is charged with increasing democratic control and oversight of the Central American integration process. In 2007-8, Campbell served as Vice President of this regional parliamentary body.
Ambassador Campbell has been a driving force in building institutions in Nicaragua’s Autonomous Regions. In 1992 he was a Founding Member and Vice-Rector General of the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaragua Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), and he continues to serve as a Board Member. He is the President of the Center for Human, Civil and Autonomous Rights (CEDEHCA) and was a Founding Member in 1990 of the Foundation for Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), working successfully in obtaining funding and support for the Autonomous Regions from a wide range of European, U.S. and other international sources.
Ambassador Campbell holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Hawaii. He has taught at the Nicaragua National Autonomous University (UNAN); Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio