Women & Diplomacy, Monday March 7, Radisson Hotel, Marseille

To mark International Women’s Day, the MAABN is organizing a presentation on the theme “International Women’s Day – Women and Diplomacy” by Uzra Zeya, Deputy Chief of Mission of the USA Embassy on March 7 at the Radisson Hotel, Marseille, in the presence of the United States Consul-General Ms. Monique Quesada.



Admission to the conference is free

The conference will be followed by the MAABN Networking Evening.

If you wish to attend the conference, please RSVP.





Radisson Blu Hotel
38-40 Quai de Rive Neuve
13007 Marseille

6.15 – 7.30 pm (conference)
7.30 – 9.00 pm (networking evening)

Admission to the Networking Evening
MAABN Members: Free
Guests: €15 (or join at the door and save €15!)

Uzra Zeya
uzra-zeya (Small)Uzra Zeya is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, supporting the Ambassador in leading the U.S. Mission to France, promoting the U.S.-French alliance and furthering the longstanding friendship between the French and American people.

Ms. Zeya served previously as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) from 2012 to 2014.

She has over two decades of policy experience in the Department, and her overseas assignments have included New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston, as well as two previous tours in Paris. Ms. Zeya served more recently as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State and, prior to that, as Deputy Executive Secretary to Secretaries Rice and Clinton, as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff and as UN General Assembly Coordinator for the International Organizations bureau.

Consul General Monique Quesada
Monique Quesada is a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Previously the U.S. Embassy’s Cultural Attaché in London, Monique spent a year working as Deputy U.S. Senior Civilian Representative for Western Afghanistan and, concurrently, head of the Political and Economic Section for the new American Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan.

Since 1988, Monique has divided her career between political affairs and public diplomacy assignments, serving mostly in Western Europe and North Africa. She speaks French, Italian, Spanish, Dari, Arabic, Greek and Portuguese with varying degrees of fluency. Monique’s family background personifies American “diversity”: her father came to the U.S. as a student from the Philippines, her mother emigrated from the Netherlands and Monique was born in Venezuela.