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Conversation with Retired Senior U.S. Diplomat, J.K. Cheema

  • November 20, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W Main St., Auditorium, Madison


Free to PLATO members and guests.

Registration is not required.

Free parking in ramp in designated Capitol Lakes Visitor spaces.  


Lecture Description

USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

As a retired senior US Diplomat, Dr. Cheema will talk about her experiences and insights on the following topics:

The Role of US AID in World diplomacy 

Life of a diplomat, some personal vignettes

How US diplomacy works and how it has changed over time

J.K. Cheema, PhD

Dr. Jatinder Cheema, has lived and served in multiple countries managing and overseeing development programs. For nearly thirty five years, she worked in Central Asia, Armenia, South Asia, Afghanistan, and countries in Africa.

Born in 1942 in India, she witnessed history in the making as the subcontinent of India was being divided into separate countries, India and Pakistan. As a daughter of a civil service officer, moving and living in different places was an integral part of her growing up.

In 1975, Cheema moved to the United States for graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After graduating, she worked with International Organizations as a development consulted and in 1991 joined the United States Agency for International Development as a career Foreign Service Officer. She reached the ranks of a Senior Executive before retiring

Lecture Location

                    Capital Lakes Auditorium

333 West Main Street

                     Madison, WI 53703



Park in ramp across the street in Capitol Lakes Visitor designated space.  Take a ticket when entering ramp and have it validated at the Front Desk following the lecture.


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