On May 19, the French American Business Week (FABW) will be delighted to host an eminent keynote speaker, Ambassador Charles Rivkin, current Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, for our conference on “Business relations with the US/ French Government”.
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Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin
Charles H. Rivkin is currently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs of the US government.
He was confirmed by the U.S Senate in 2014 and was sworn in publicly by U.S Secretary of State John Kerry on April 15, 2014. Charles Rivkin’s confirmation marks the first time a U.S ambassador and former CEO has ever led the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.
Indeed, prior to entering Government service, Charles Rivkin served for over 20 years as President and CEO of entertainment companies such as The Him Henson Company and Wildbrain. Among other business leaders at the State Department, he also supported Secretary Kerry’s mandate with the idea that ‘economic policy is foreign policy’.
As former United States Ambassador in France, Charles Rivkin has a significant experience in bilateral relationships. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Rivkin served for four years as the United Sates Ambassador to France and Monaco, leading one of America’s largest diplomatic missions, including six constituent posts throughout France and representing of 50 U.S government agencies. Ambassador Rivkin’s service in France was extremely dynamic, in that it came at one of the franco-US relationship’s strongest moments in recent history. To commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II, Ambassador Rivkin took part in a mass parachute jump over the coast of Normandy.
In terms of economic policy, Ambassador Rivkin also placed new emphasis on support for U.S exports of goods and services into France. He was personally awarded the Légion d’honneur with the rank of Commander by French President François Hollande (2013).
Ambassador Rivkin received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1984, and graduated with distinction in political science and international relations. In 1988, he then received his M.B.A from Harvard University.
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