US Ambassador to Malta: Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Hat tip: Christina Marie

Source: US Embassy in Malta

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, and presented her credentials to H.E. Dr. George Abela, President of Malta, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and served as Consul in Baghdad, before being posted to Jakarta and Cairo.  She then served as Special Assistant for Middle Eastern and African Affairs to Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.

After a year of advanced Arabic, she served as Political Officer in Tel Aviv with responsibility for the Gaza Strip.  Before assuming her most recent position as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism she was posted as Director of the Office of Egypt and the Levant where she handled the countries of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, and served as Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute–the premier training facility for U.S. Diplomats; as Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Policy Advisor to the Director of the Near East–South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the Department of Defense; Senior Advisor for Middle Eastern Affairs at USUN; Director for Near East South Asian Affairs with responsibility for the Arabian Peninsula at the National Security Council of the White House; and Director for Legislative Affairs, also at the NSC.

Prior to that, she was awarded a Pearson fellowship and worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the Ranking Member, Senator Joseph Biden.

Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley is the recipient of Senior Performance Pay, Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, including “For acts of courage during an attack on the U.S. Consulate General, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 6, 2004 by al-Qa’ida terrorists.”

Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley has a Bachelors degree from George Washington University and a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She served on the Boards of the International Career Advancement Association and the Forum for Education Abroad.

Cheering for Mary N’diaye in the 1st round of the Swedish Song Contest

I’ll admit that when I first moved to Europe I thought the EuroVision Song Contest was a bit strange. I didn’t understand the voting or why Israel was a competing country.

While I still don’t understand the voting nor took the time to learn why Israel competes here (who cares, really) I look forward to the yearly competition. And after I moved to Sweden it became a tradition to watch at least the 1st and last nights of the Melodiefestivalen with friends. It’s the Melodiefestivalen, Swedish Song Contest, which decides who will represent Sweden at Eurovision.

Last year Sweden won Eurovision again with Loreen’s Euphoria which means all eyes in Europe will be on Malmö, Sweden this year when we host Eurovision. One thing I like about Eurovision is the opportunity it provides for the host countries to showcase themselves. Will be interesting to see how Sweden does this. I’m sure they will include the indigenous Sami people award-winning writer Lola Akinmade Åkerström written about.

Performers in the 1st round of Melodiefestivalen
Performers in the 1st round of Melodiefestivalen

This year I’m rooting for fellow Maishagalen award winner Mary N’diaye. She’s super talented and cute as a button and very likable.

Melodiefestivalen facts about Mary:

Mary N’Diaye – Gosa

Songwriters: John Åsgärde, Mattias Frändå and Mary N’Diaye

Mary N’Diaye makes her debut in the Melodiefestivalen (Swedis Song Contest) with a song that was written specifically with the purpose to be in the contest.

“I thought a lot about what a feeling it was I wanted to convey with the song, and it is a joy,” she says.

Above you can see Mary N ‘Diaye’s music video “Big Dreamer”.
In 2012 Mary participated in the talent program The Voice, where she made it to the semifinals, and she has also managed a career in Africa and has been opening for Akon.

I wanted to write a song that shows who I am as an artist and want to leave an impression with the audience. I want them to be happy when they have seen my number, she said.

Last year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a great inspiration for Mary.

The artists could do their thing in full. It’s almost unlimited what you might have for clothes and the dancers and the camera angles and the audience, so I felt that I want to do.

Fact: Mary N’Diaye
• Occupation: Artist.
• Residence: Stockholm.
• Grew up: Stockholm.
• Melodifestivalen Routine: Competing for the first time.

Good luck Mary N’diaye!

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – New Year Reception for expats

Colin Moon at the beginning of his hilarious presentation on Swedishness.
Colin Moon at the beginning of his hilarious presentation on Swedishness.

I love being an expat in Sweden. I’m in the American Club, the American Women’s Club, the International Women’s Club and Democrats Abroad. And then there is Internations and XING. So dare I join another expat group? Well I can at least attend one of their events and see what I’m missing. So I went the the Global Expat Partners New Year Reception at the City of Stockholm’s Tourist Office.

Some of the expats (and a few Swedes) in attendance.
Some of the expats (and a few Swedes) in attendance.

In addition to free wine, beer and food another good reason to attend was Colin Moon who gave an entertaining presentation on how Swede’s view the world. Here’s a preview of his breakdown of the Swedes:

Now, my Swede was with me and he laughed at his Swedishness along with the rest of us, which included my Swedish American girlfriend it was so nice to run into and my American friend who is very Swedish after 33 years living in Sweden. It was so nice to see her too. And the other couple I knew. And another two ladies I’d met before. And I met some new nice people. So it is worth my while to be invovle with yet another expat group. Nice! Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

International Women’s Day


March 7-10, 2013

The Africa Femmes Performantes international Women’s day Conference to take place in Yaoundé Cameroon from March 7-10, 2013, is dedicated to a major concern:  FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE

It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us. This conference represents a unique and exceptional learning and networking platform. You will also have the opportunity of discovering or deepening your connections with Cameroon, its leadership and business men and women.

Following the 5th International Congress of women held in Casablanca Morocco in November 2012, the main outcome was to build a financial institution aiming to financially empower the women throughout the Continent of Africa in accordance with the recommendations of Africa Femmes Performantes, Inc.

The Yaoundé meeting will be an opportunity for women to build on the successfulpartnership made in 2012 between Africa Femmes Performantes, Inc. And theAfrican Development Credit (ADEC): a financial Institution initiated by women in Cameroon. ADEC is affiliated with the OHADA act (Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa).

The 2013 Africa Femmes Performantes financial conference will highlight the best practices in finance with sessions on:

Strategy and talent development, leveraging knowledge and best practices; build institutional capacity in microfinance. Empowering the Poor out of poverty, women projects practical analysis, How to structure their workforces, New ideas about how to maximize unity and corporate performance. Enhancing Profits by lending onindividual basis member or project whose borrowing base is a group of members.Experts will advise members in their projects before approval. Building and developing projects according to the OHADA act. Procedures.



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Entrepreneurs: What does your telephone number say about your business?

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When you decide to reach out to a company using the telephone do you hesitate to call if they do not have a toll-free number? Do you have your own business in the UK? Think about your current clients or customers and potential clients and customers. Are they not calling because of the expense to them?

Maybe you’re not UK-based but have or want clients in the UK. What does your telephone number say about your business?  Does it say I am small? Does it say I am local only? A toll-free number makes it easy for your customers to call you. Along with a local number you can offer a toll-free number to attract customers across the UK.

The Internet has leveled the playing field in so many areas, for one enabling small businesses and 1 person consultancies to create an International presence. On the Internet businesses can provide detailed information about who they are. It is a platform to highlight expertise. And above all on the Internet anyone can sell services and goods without ever coming face-to-face with your customer. Toll-free numbers can do the same thing by making a small business look big.  If you are unsure of which number to choose click here for more information on 0845 numbers.