Saudi Arabia’s Canadian Ambassador will be at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on Friday, March 23, 2012 to deliver a signature lecture jointly presented by CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Saudi Ambassador Mr. Osamah Al Sanosi Ahmad’s lecture is entitled “Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century: Dialogue as a Means of Transformation.” The lecture will address, among other things, the challenges and opportunities that Saudi Arabia is likely to experience with regard to international affairs. It will be held in the CIGI Auditorium in Waterloo, Canada and will be webcast live to a global audience.

Members of the public who want to attend the Signature Lecture in person can register for through this link: Those who are not in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by registering through the link above. The event will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Member of the media are invited to attend this event by registering in advance with Kevin Dias at [email protected].


CIGI-BSIA Signature Lecture with Saudi Ambassador Osamah Al Sanosi Ahmad: “Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century: Dialogue as a Means of Transformation”


Friday, March 23, 2012


12:30-1:30 p.m.


The CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Mr. Osamah Al Sanosi Ahmad became Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada in November 2009. A distinguished diplomat, he previously served as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Poland (2001-2005), where he was awarded the Order of Merit. He also served as ambassador to Iran (2005-2009).  After earning a degree in political science from King Saud University, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979. He also holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. In 2007, he was given official recognition from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia for Distinguished Achievement in performing duties.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by philanthropist Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion, and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) was launched in 2007 to offer graduate programs in global governance and international public policy. The Balsillie School is a collaborative initiative of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). With over 60 affiliated faculty teaching in the three programs, the Balsillie School will build on the current programming of the PhD in Global Governance (joint UW/Laurier), the MA in Global Governance (UW), and the Master’s in International Public Policy (Laurier).


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