LA JOLLA, California — The Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce Ambassador Jamal Khokhar as the Institute’s new President and CEO.

Khokhar, a senior diplomat with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, is well known for his work on the Americas.  Currently serving as Canada’s Ambassador to Brazil, Jamal Khokhar brings a wealth of understanding, and contacts to the Institute.

IOA Chairman, Richard Hojel, noted Khokhar’s extensive experience and demonstrated track record working in the region with the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations.

Prior to his current position, Ambassador Khokhar worked in a variety of capacities focusing on the Americas.  Early in his career, he served at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for managing Canada’s relations with the U.S. Congress.  While Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Khokhar helped craft Canada’s Strategy for Engagement in the Americas.  As Regional Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Canadian International Development Agency, he oversaw Canada’s bilateral development assistance programming for the region.  In 2006, he joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. as Chief of Staff to the President and later led the creation of the IDB’s Department of Outreach and Partnerships — a department dedicated to establishing innovative partnerships with the private sector, foundations and NGOs in support of their initiatives.  Ambassador Khokhar studied at McGill University, University of Ottawa, and was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.  He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.

“The Board of Directors is pleased that Ambassador Khokhar has accepted its offer to be the Institute’s new President and CEO.  Having a new President aboard brings renewed vitality to the Institute”, said Richard Hojel, Chairman of the Institute.  “The Board looks forward to working with Jamal to chart a strategic course for the Institute addressing key challenges in the hemisphere and exploring new opportunities, while preserving our 30 year legacy.  We are confident that Jamal will lead the Institute to a bright future,” he added.

Ambassador Khokhar will conclude his duties at the Embassy of Canada in Brasilia in the coming months and will take up his new role in La Jolla over the summer.

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