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Lunch & Learn: America and the Middle East

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Date(s) - 11/19/2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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World Trade Center Utah


12 USD
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Emerging Leaders Initiative Of Utah


Emerging Leaders Initiative of Utah (ELI Utah) invites you to join us for a lunch & learn session on the United States’ foreign policy in the Middle East. World Trade Center Utah president and CEO Miles Hansen will discuss the strategic importance of the Middle East to the United States, priorities of the current administration, and recent developments in Syria.

WHAT: Lunch & Learn: America and the Middle East
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 19, Noon
WHERE: WTC Utah 60 S Temple #300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Registration includes lunch. Must register online before the event. Registration will not be available at the doors. Please RSVP by November 15.

Two-hour complimentary parking is available at City Creek.

Questions? Contact ELI Utah at

Miles Hansen is the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah (WTCH Utah), a nonprofit that leads Utah’s international business development strategy. Prior to his role at WTC Utah, Hansen was most recently the Director for Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House. Prior to that, he served as a staff aide to the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs.

As a diplomat, Hansen was the energy and economic officer at U.S. Consulate General Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province where he served as a liaison with Saudi Aramco and advised U.S. government and private sector leaders on the Saudi energy industry and economic reform agenda. He also served tours focused on Iran at U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia and the Iran Regional Presence Office at U.S. Consulate General Dubai.

Before joining the State Department as a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, Hansen started his career in Utah as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Hansen is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Brigham Young University. A speaker of Russian, Farsi, and Arabic, Hansen has firsthand experience in more than 70 countries and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The ELI Utah Lunch & Learn series offers an opportunity for young professionals, college students and members of the community to learn about events and topics from experts in the field. These conversations provide a forum for young Utahns to engage in thoughtful dialogue about current affairs and policy issues, ask questions, and share their opinions. This responsive series fosters an increased awareness of current affairs and an community of learning with a shared interest in government and policy.

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