SOURCE: World Affairs Council of Orange County

April 21, 2008 15:32 ET

United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, Will Be Keynote Speaker at Orange County World Affairs Council Gala Dinner

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - The event, hosted by the non-profit organization, the World Affairs Council of Orange County, is scheduled for Friday, May 2 at the Balboa Bay Club at 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach Ca. 92663. It is anticipated that 250 guests will enjoy a timely and informative presentation from Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. A special guest performance by pianist, Omar Akram will take place prior to the speech. Also, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the International Studies Program at University of California, Irvine (UCI). The donation will be presented at the event to Deborah Avant, Director of International Studies at UCI. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner presentation at 7 p.m. and a Q&A after the speech. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on March 29, 2007. On April 23, 2007 he began as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Khalilzad was the United States Ambassador to Iraq. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and also as Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan. Before becoming Ambassador to Afghanistan, he served at the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Islamic Outreach and Southwest Asia Initiatives.

Cost: Members and Guests - $175 per ticket and $1,750 for a table of 10. For information and reservations, call (949)253-5751 or visit

Forty one years after its founding, the World Affairs Council of Orange County continues to play a leading role in bringing the world's top leaders and opinion makers to Orange County and Orange County to the world by a wide variety of exclusive speaker programs. It was founded in 1967 and today has more than 500 members. We are a non-profit, non-partisan, non-government organization open to all who wish to join. Learn more about the Council and its activities on our website, then join us at an upcoming program, and become a member of Orange County's most prestigious forum on international affairs. The Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all contributions to it are tax-deductible.

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