September 26, 2016
On September 26, the Ash Center and the Harvard University Institute of Politics (IOP) hosted a delegation of senior government officials from Timor-Leste who visited the campus following the United Nations General Assembly. At HKS, the delegation, which included Prime Minister Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, Foreign Minister Mr. Hernâni Coelho, and the country’s founding president, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, met with students and faculty over lunch to discuss a host of issues, including Timor-Leste’s development challenges. The lunch, presided over by interim IOP Director Bill Delahunt, was attended by several students from the region who spoke with the delegation about economic growth issues in Timor-Leste and also posed questions on topics as diverse as climate change and women’s rights. The delegation later met with Harvard University Marshal Jackie O’Neill and signed the University’s formal guest registry in Wadsworth House.