Event

Executive MPA Graduation 2018

On 7 September, we will celebrate the success of our latest graduates of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) programme together with new and current students and the Hertie School community.

Julianne Smith, Weizsäcker Fellow at the Bosch Academy in Berlin, Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States (2012-13), will be the commencement speaker. There will be further remarks by Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein, EMPA Programme director and Professor for Communication in Politics and Civil Society Andrea Römmele and EMPA student representative Adrian Sonder.

Commencement speaker

Julianne Smith is currently a Weizsäcker Fellow at the Bosch Academy in Berlin. She is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She served as a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedited “Shadow Government.” From 2012-2013, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. In addition to advising the Vice President on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings. During March and April of 2013, she served as the Acting National Security Advisor to the Vice President. Before her post at the White House, she served for three years as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that capacity, Ms. Smith acted as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for all matters falling within the broad spectrum of NATO and European policy. Her office managed the Department’s bilateral relationships with 31 European countries. In January 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Photo: © Center for a New American Security