EagleMUNC VII Keynote Speakers
Diego Arria Salicetti
Mr. Arria is a Venezuelan politician, diplomat, and economist who served as the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations and in March 1992 became the President of the United Nations Security Council.
Mr. Arria started his public life as an economist at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. He returned to Venezuela in 1969 to head the government’s Tourism Department and was named the Minister of Information and Tourism. In 1973, Mr. Arria was elected congressman of the National Congress, representing the state of Miranda. He was then appointed the Governor of Caracas by former Venezuelan President, Carlos Andrés Pérez Rodríguez.
After leaving the United Nations, Mr. Arria was appointed Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Special Adviser to former Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Arria was a Diplomatic Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He is also a board member of the International Peace Academy, the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of California in San Diego, and the Museum of Art and Design in NY. Additionally, Mr. Arria is an Advisory Board Member of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., of the Brandeis University International Center of Ethics, Justice and Public Life, and of the International Crisis Group.
Today, accomplished Diego Arria lives in exile and is a prominent activist of the democratic opposition to Nicolas Maduro.
Dannel P. Malloy
Malloy was Governor of Connecticut for two terms, completing his tenure on January 9, 2019. Malloy was an engaged and progressive governor, focusing on criminal justice reform, including repealing the death penalty, improving transportation, committing more than half a billion dollars towards affordable and supportive housing initiatives, protecting the environment, creating jobs, strengthening public education, stabilizing the state’s finances, and, following the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School, enacting what some have called “the most comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation in the country.”
In 2016, the Governor received a prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for defending U.S. resettlements of Syrian refugees after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and personally welcoming a Syrian refugee family to New Haven after they had been turned away by another state.
As a child, Dan Malloy struggled to overcome significant learning and physical disabilities, eventually becoming a proud double eagle, having graduated magna cum laude from BC in 1977 with a double major in political science and sociology, and receiving his JD from BC Law in 1980. After law school, Governor Malloy worked as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn DA’s Office, spent nine years at a law firm, served on the Stamford Board of Finance, and subsequently launched his political career by running for Mayor of Stamford, his home town, where he served for 14 years.
Currently, Malloy is the Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.