Ambassador Ivonne A-Baki

H.E. Ivonne A-Baki is the former Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. The first woman to hold this position, she was appointed in November, 1998, and presented her credentials to President Clinton on January 21, 1999.

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ambassador A-Baki has lived in Lebanon, France, Germany and the United States of America, and is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, English and French, and also speaks German and some Russian. She graduated from La Sorbonne and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she went on to become a Director of the Conflict Management Group and, as such, participated in several teams led by Professor Roger Fisher to facilitate conflict resolution efforts around the world.

Ambassador A-Baki was more directly involved as advisor to Ecuador's President, in the Ecuador-Peru peace negotiations, which led to the resolution of one of the last and most intractable disputes in the Western Hemisphere, with the signing of the Peace Accords on October 26, 1998.

Ambassador A-Baki is also an accomplished painter, and her work is displayed in Galleries and private collections in Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. She was also an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University from 1991 to 1998.

Ambassador Ivonne A-Baki is married to Dr. Sammi A-Baki, a prominent political figure in Lebanon. They have a daughter, Tatiana, a Harvard graduate specialized in German literature, and two sons: Mohammed, a Yale and Harvard graduate who works in an investment bank in New York City and lives with his family in New Jersey, and Faisal, who graduated from Harvard and now works in a securities brokerage firm in Ecuador.

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