Ambassador Lakhdhir Gives the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conferen

On August 16th, Ambassador Lakhdhir was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony of the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference 2018. The HPAIR Asia Conference is a collaborative effort between students at Harvard and the host country organizing committee in Asia. This year, the theme of the conference was “Sustainable Disruption”. During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Lakhdhir shared stories about her experience in the Foreign Service and how her career has taught her to be flexible and adaptable. Ambassador Lakhdhir also spoke about young people being disruptors and being able to engage across borders in ways unlike traditional diplomacy. She encouraged the delegates to consider how disruption can affect certain groups of people negatively and think of ways to address the problems that might arise.