Haitian Diplomat Kicks of 2015-2016 'Consular Connect' Series

November 3, 2015

The Division of Global Affairs’ “Consular Connect” Program continues in the 2015 - 2016 academic year with Haitian Consul General Gandy Thomas hosting a lecture for Kennesaw State University honor students.

Haitian Consul General Gandy ThomasConsul General Thomas' lecture, titled "Haiti After the Earthquake," will be on Nov. 10, 2015 to a group of students in the honors course Cultivating a Global Intellect. He will also have meetings with the University President’s cabinet, the Dean’s Council, and Dr. Lance Askildson, Kennesaw State’s Vice-Provost for Global Affairs.

Thomas' visit is the latest event in the Division of Global Affairs’ “Consular Connect” Program, which invites members of the Consular Corps to visit the campus, meet university leaders, and give lectures on critical political issues. This is the first Consular Connect event for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

In 2014 - 2015, the Consular Connect program celebrated its inaugural year with visits from the consuls general of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Peru.  

Gandy Thomas became Haiti’s first Consul General in Atlanta in January 2011, establishing Haiti’s first new Consulate in the Southeastern United States.

Having obtained a Master's degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy Andres Bello of Chili and a Bachelor's in accounting management from the Institute National of Management, Administration and International Studies, Thomas joined Haiti’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. His postings include serving as Officer Consular at the Haitian Embassy in Chile; reporting on political development and bilateral cooperation for the Haitian Embassy in Cuba, and serving as Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy in Venezuela. He also served in Haitian embassies in Colombia and Chile.

In 2008, Thomas worked at the Haitian Consulate in Orlando, working to establish the Consulate General in Atlanta.

Away from work, Gandy is an avid fan of tennis, golf and football (soccer). He is married to Leslie Gonzalez, and has two children.

Kennesaw State’s “Consular Connect” program provides students, faculty, staff, and members of the community with unprecedented access to foreign dignitaries. It helps expose the Kennesaw State community to global perspectives on current events, and contributes to the University’s goal of increasing international awareness.

To learn more about the “Consular Connect” program, please visit the Division of Global Affairs’ International Visitors Bureau Page.

You can also contact Vivian Bonilla-Cruz at 470-578-2569 or at vbonill1@kennesaw.edu.  

-Patrick Harbin

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