Washington Diplomat: Institute for Education Summer Social


On Aug. 23, the Institute for Education (IFE) held its fourth annual IFE social secretary lunch at the historic Congressional County Club. Secretaries from over 30 embassies came to meet and mingle at the event, organized by IFE Deputy, Elise Ravenscroft along with Gwenda DeMoor, social secretary for the Belgian Embassy, and Kiyomi Buker, social secretary for the Japanese Embassy. Coach Kathy Kemper, IFE CEO and Founder of IFE, honored them both with authentic gold-engraved White House Candy Jars, one of the presidential favorites, as a token of appreciation. “It is such a special treat for us to meet our fellow social secretaries and assistants in person before the busy Fall event season starts,” Buker said, “Because of all our work behind the scenes, we look forward to enjoying an event as a guest every now and then.”

From left to right: Gwenda De Moor, Social Secretary to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, Kiyomi Buker, Social Secretary to the Ambassador of Japan, IFE’s Founder and CEO Coach Kathy Kemper with IFE’s Deputy Director Elise Ravenscroft.

Asdis Hreinsdottir (Iceland), Barbara Wellink (EU), Lukovic Nicolic Marina, Katrina Chan, Kelly Wheeler (Oman), and and Siti Azman (Singapore)
Norma Ces (Ireland), Elizabeth Herndler (Luxembourg), Tais Howland (New Zealand), Elle Berdy (Monaco), Janet Pitt and Rama Toure (Monaco).

Marina Lukovic Nikolic (Serbia), Anna Gawal, Pernilla Scott (Sweden), Giovanna DeBerto (Italy), and Tamara Brunhart (Liechtenstein)


Tarja Thatcher and Lotta Sumomi (Finland), Kiyomi Buker (Japan), Claudia Wilson (Austria), Petra Kujik (Netherlands) and Liliana Gutan (Moldova).

Phumzile Gamdeze (Swaziland), and Judith O. Ratlou (Botswana).

Stefka Yovcheva and Velislava Panova (Bulgaria)

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As posted in the Washington Diplomat | Diplomatic Spotlight | Saturday, October 5, 2019 | Page 3

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