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Samoan ambassador to speak at BYU March 27

His Excellency Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia, Ambassador of Samoa to the United States and for the United Nations will discuss “Samoa in a Globalized World: The Necessity to Adapt in a Changing Environment to Remain Relevant” Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Elisaia was appointed Ambassador to the UN in September 2003. He became Ambassador to the U.S in October 2003. Elisaia previously served as assistant chief executive officer, corporate and support services, in the Samoan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade since April 2001.  He was also co-director of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Samoa.

Elisaia received his bachelor’s degree in political science and administration from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Later he earned a post-graduate certificate in diplomacy from Oxford University.

This lecture will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

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