Briefing on U.S. Government’s Response to West Africa Ebola Outbreak

EVENT:

Please join us on Wednesday, October 8 at 12:15 GMT for a telephonic press conference with USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg and Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response in the U.S. Department of State Donald Lu.  Ms. Lindborg and Mr. Lu will discuss the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

 DETAILS:

Speakers:
USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg; Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response in the U.S. Department of State Donald Lu.
Date:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:
8:15 a.m. EDT |12:15 GMT |13:15 West Africa (GMT +1)| 14:15 Central/South Africa (GMT +2)| 15:15 East Africa (GMT+3)
Language:
English (French and Portuguese simultaneous interpretation will be available)
Ground rules:
ON THE RECORD
Dial-in Info:
To be provided once you RSVP
RSVP:
Please RSVP to  afmediahub@state.gov

Additional Info:
For more information about the US Government response to Ebola, visit USAID Ebola Response Page; CDC Ebola Response Page;Department of State Ebola Response Page

Background

This call will outline U.S. efforts to aid the international response to the outbreak and to help national public health agencies prevent, detect, and stop the spread of Ebola.

Bios:

Nancy Lindborg

 Nancy Lindborg is the USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and leads the efforts of more than 500 team members in nine offices focused on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition.

Since being sworn into office in October 2010, Ms. Lindborg has led DCHA responses as the Syria Task Force Chair, during the Sahel 2012 and Horn of Africa 2011 droughts, the Arab Spring, and numerous other global crises. She continues to spearhead USAID efforts to build democracy, advance resilience, and tackle fragility as a means to help communities out of chronic crisis.

The nine offices of DCHA include the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Office of Food for Peace, the Office of Transition Initiatives, and the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Ms. Lindborg has spent most of her career working on issues of transition, democracy and civil society, conflict and humanitarian response. Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years helping grow the organization into a globally respected organization known for innovative programs in the most challenging environments.

Ms. Lindborg has held a number of leadership and board positions including serving as co-president of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; and chair of the Sphere Management Committee. She is a member of Council on Foreign Relations.

She holds a B.A and M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Donald Lu

Since September 15, Donald Lu has served as the Deputy Coordinator for Ebola response in the U.S. Department of State.

On July 25, 2013 President Obama nominated Mr. Lu as ambassador to the Republic of Albanian.  He served for the past 10 years as Deputy Chief of Mission or Chargé in Central Asia, the South Caucasus and South Asia.  From 2010-2013, he served as DCM in New Delhi, India.  From 2009-2010, he served as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. Previous to that he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.

Mr. Lu is a Foreign Service Officer with 25 years of U.S. government service, including postings in Pakistan, India, Georgia,Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Washington. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa from 1988-1990. As a Peace Corps volunteer he helped to restore hand-dug water wells and to teach health education and latrine construction. He is recipient of two Meritorious Honor Awards and four Superior Honor Awards.

Mr. Lu is from Huntington Beach, California. He graduated from Princeton University with both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in international relations. He is married to Dr. Ariel Ahart, a distinguished public health specialist. They have two children, Kipling, age 12, and Aliya, age 9. He speaks Albanian, West African Krio, Urdu, Hindi, Russian, Georgian and Azerbaijani. He enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling and spending time with his family.

LOGISTICS:

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·   Near the end of the allotted time, the moderator will announce the last question.  At the end of the final answer, the operator will announce the conclusion of the conference call.