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YPFP Brussels: Former US Ambassador to the UN, Gov. Bill Richardson, Chairman of APCO Worldwide’s Global Political Strategies (GPS) group
WHAT: An evening discussion with former US Ambassador to the UN, Gov. Bill Richardson, chairman of APCO Worldwide’s Global Political Strategies (GPS) group
WHEN: Wednesday 15 May, 18:45-20:00
WHERE: APCO Worldwide Rue Montoyer, 47 B- 1000 Brussels
WHO: Paying members of YPFP
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Gov. Bill Richardson, chairman of APCO Worldwide’s Global Political Strategies (GPS) group, has extensive experience in public service, academia and the private sector. He completed his second term as governor of New Mexico in 2010, having been elected to the office in 2002.
During his time as governor, Gov. Richardson was responsible for making New Mexico the “Clean Energy State” by requiring utilities to meet 20 percent of New Mexico’s electrical demand from renewable sources. He also implemented a new commuter-rail service for thousands of New Mexicans as part of a $1.6-million investment in improving transportation, and he significantly expanded access to quality health care by offering affordable coverage solutions for New Mexico’s small employers, nonprofit agencies and children under the age of 12.
Prior to his election as governor, he served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and also as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, where he handled sensitive Congo transition negotiations and dealt first-hand with the issue of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in the UN Security Council. For 15 years earlier in his career, he represented northern New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional district. While a congressman, Richardson served as a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan. Gov. Richardson has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2001, Gov. Richardson assumed the chairmanship of Freedom House, a private, non-partisan organization that promotes democracy worldwide. He also worked as a business consultant in Santa Fe and served on several boards including the Natural Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He currently serves on the board of Tecnicas Reunidas International, a Spain-based energy company.
Gov. Richardson has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree from Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.