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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s ambassador to the U.S., for a conversation with SAIS Dean James B. Steinberg on December 2



Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s ambassador to the U.S., as part of the Dean’s Forum on Thursday, December 2. Ambassador Marks will join Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean James B. Steinberg for a conversation on Jamaica-U.S. cooperation in areas such as information and communications technology (ICT), cyber security, and energy. Ambassador Marks will also touch on Jamaica's COVID-19 management and recovery program during the discussion. 


Opening Remarks
Kent E. Calder
Special Advisor to the Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
James B. Steinberg
Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Audrey Marks
Ambassador of Jamaica to the U.S. 

Time and Date

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EST
Thursday, December 2, 2021 


This event is open to the public and media, with registration

Media Contact

Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 

About the Speakers

Kent E. Calder is the Special Advisor to the Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, previously served as the school’s Interim Dean and Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020 and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018. Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.
A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for 11 years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs; Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration; Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan; Singapore: Smart City, Smart State; Asia in Washington; and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics.
James B. Steinberg is the 10th Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Steinberg was Dean of the Maxwell School from 2011 to 2016. Before joining Syracuse University, he was Deputy Secretary of State from 2009 to 2011, serving as the principal deputy to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From 2005 to 2008, Steinberg held the role of Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 2001 to 2005. From 1996 to 2000, Steinberg served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton. During this time, he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G8 summits. Before the Deputy National Security Advisor role, Steinberg held positions as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Steinberg’s most recent books are A Glass Half Full? Rebalance, Reassurance and Resolve in the U.S.-China Relationship and Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century. Steinberg wrote both books with Michael O’Hanlon. His recent book chapters and articles include: “Too Much History: American Policy and East Asia in the Shadow of the Past” in Texas National Security Review; “Present at the ‘Re-Creation’: The Role of the State Department in Formulating and Implementing U.S. Global Policy” in America’s National Security Architecture; “United States: Grappling with Rising Powers” in Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World; and “History, Policymaking, and the Balkans: Lessons Imported and Lessons Learned” in The Power of the Past, History and Statecraft. Steinberg is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and recognitions, including the CIA Director's Medal, Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award from the American Political Science Association, and Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.
Audrey Marks is Jamaica’s 13th ambassador to the U.S. and the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS). She is the first Jamaican female ambassador to the U.S. and the first ambassador to be assigned to the post twice, having served in the same capacity from 2010 to 2012. Before assuming her ambassadorial role, she started and led six businesses, including a 100-acre banana exporting farm, a transportation company, as well as a real estate sales and development company. In 1997, Ambassador Marks founded Paymaster Limited, an online paymaster system. She also directed a venture capital company with diverse investments, including manufacturing, travel, and entertainment.
Ambassador Marks has served on several private and public sector boards, including as chair of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and director of the Board of RBTT Securities Jamaica Limited. She is the first female president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM). She is the recipient of numerous citations and recognition from her peers and various organizations for her pioneering work, entrepreneurial endeavors, and commitment to social causes. 

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