QAI hosts Georgetown University Alumni Food Festival

QAI was excited to host Georgetown University alumni for our Food Festival tonight celebrating 230 years since Georgetown’s founding and ten years since the first class graduated from the university’s Qatar branch. The event featured the current and former Deans of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The reception featured guests of honor Dr. Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and the former Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Dr. Joel Hellman, the current Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. The two deans were joined by Georgetown University’s Regent Board member, Paul Horvath, who is also the Group Chief Executive Officer for Orchard Global Capital Group. Also in attendance was Patrick Theros, a former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar who, along with Dr. Gallucci, was instrumental in establishing Georgetown University in Qatar.

Dean Gallucci, within his remarks, recounted the story of how Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service came to have a branch campus in Qatar. He went on to stress the important relationship between Qatar and the United States, and Qatar’s progressive attitudes towards education and research.



Following Dean Gallucci’s comments, the current dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Dr. Joel Hellman, commented on both the openness and uniqueness of the Qatar campus. He stressed the branch campus’ diversity and the way that the people of Qatar have made it their very own.




Guests of the event were able to enjoy delicious chocolate truffles provided by Washington’s Capital Candy Jar to celebrate the Chocolate, Tea, and Coffee Festival being held in Doha. Find an album of the event below.


Georgetown Alumni Food Festival – Album