Top US-UNESCO job for Lankan professor


United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed Prof. Patrick Mendis as a commissioner to the US National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Prof. Patrick Mendis

The Commission is a State Department advisory body that provides advice regarding the US government’s activities as a member of the UNESCO.Dr. Mendis is an affiliate professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University and authored Trade of Peace and Commercial Providence.

He was a visiting foreign policy scholar at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

A recipient of the US State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Award and the Meritorious Honour Award, he also held positions in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the World Bank, and the United Nations and at universities of Minnesota, Maryland, Norwich, Yale, and George Washington University.

Born in Sri Lanka, he attended Oxford University’s Merton College as a 21st Century Trust fellow, and is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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