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Black History Month 2011: Irvin Hicks, Jr.


Date: 02/01/2011 Description: 2011 Black History Month Participant: Irvin Hicks, Jr. - State Dept Image

Mr. Hicks is a second generation Foreign Service officer. Mr. Hicks has traveled and lived in Europe, the Middle East and 30 countries throughout the African continent.

Fluent in French, Mr. Hicks has also studied German, Arabic, Chinese, Swahili, Amharic and Portuguese. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, and a masters of art in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with specializations in strategic studies, international negotiations, conflict resolution and international business.

Mr. Hicks joined the State Department in 1999 and has served as management officer for the US Embassy in Conakry, Guinea and the U.S. consulate general in Lagos, Nigeria. Mr. Hicks also served as the supervisory general services officer for the US Embassy in Brasilia, and is presently completing his assignment with the Office Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation.

His next assignment will be in Newport, Rhode Island where he will pursue a masters in national security studies at the Naval War College.

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Hicks worked for General Motors’ African and Middle East Operations as a corporate executive; served as a foreign policy assistant for Senator Edward Kennedy; managed a number of international exchange programs for such nongovernment organizations as the African-American Institute (AAI), Entrepreneurs International, Partners for International Education and Training (PIET) and the US-South Africa Leadership Exchange Program (USSALEP).

Mr. Hicks spends his leisure time training in Capoeira (a Brazilian martial arts), tennis, and reading books on strategy, counterterrorism, leadership, management, global affairs and world history.

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