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News - Youth For Understanding USA

Latest news about Youth for Understanding USA student exchange programs worldwide – Events – Partnerships.

UN Secretary-General Appoints YFU Trustee as Deputy Special Representative for United Nations

Jennifer McKendree


Laurence D. Wohlers tapped to protect civilians and support transition processes
in the Central African Republic

Bethesda, MD (July 2, 2014) – Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) is honored to share that a member of our Board of Trustees, Ambassador Laurence D. Wohlers, has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political) for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Ambassador Wohlers has served in numerous diplomatic postings across Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well as in Washington DC. Prior to this appointment, he served as the US Ambassador to the Central African Republic from August 2010 through August 2013. He was the Senior Advisor for International Activities at The Smithsonian Institution, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Mission to the European Union and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Moscow. Ambassador Wohlers received an MS from the National War College and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

As an expert with comprehensive experience in international affairs, Ambassador Wohlers joined YFU’s Board of Trustees this past February. Helping to further strengthen YFU’s in international relations and cross-cultural communications.

“We are so proud of what Ambassador Wohlers has accomplished and the important work he continues to do. All of us at YFU are grateful for the leadership and experience he brings to the organization and his commitment to public diplomacy,” said Michael E. Hill, President & CEO of YFU.


About YFU
Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 60 different countries, is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs for more than 60 years because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services.