Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. As part of the weekly Professional Development Seminar series, the African School of Economics invited Mr. Gerard Gallucci, a retired U.S. diplomat and UN peacekeeper, to come and speak to the students about his career path and the lessons he learnt along the way. Mr. Gerard Gallucci holds a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Pittsburgh. He served 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service and 5 years working first as a UN Regional Representative and later as Chief of Staff for the UN mission in East Timor from November 2008 until June 2010. Mr. Gallucci began his talk by alluding to the well-known Karl Marx quote: "Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it". He discussed this quote in relation to diplomacy and to his career in the United Nations. He explained that being a diplomat is essentially about "representing and informing the government and people". A UN peacekeeper's job is to work towards maintaining peace in a country. He also added that both roles require an ability to navigate bureaucracy. During the Q&A session, students asked him about his thoughts regarding U.S.-Russia relations in light of the recent U.S. elections and questioned the role of national interests as opposed to global interests in decision-making in organizations like the UN. Some students sought advice about how to launch a career in the United Nations. At the end of the seminar, students took a group photo with the guest in the courtyard of ASE.