“I am honored to join my new colleagues at Eisenhower Fellowships and its remarkable global network of Fellows passionately engaged in trying to better our world,” Mr. de Lama said of his recent appointment. “This is a thrilling opportunity to contribute to the deepening of international understanding across cultures and national borders. I look forward to working closely with our exceptional Fellows, Trustees and staff to build on their innovative programs and advance the mission of this visionary organization.”
Mr. de Lama has an impressive record of international engagement and leadership, having worked as a journalist, diplomat and digital entrepreneur in nearly 60 countries across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa over the course of his career. As Managing Editor, News at the Chicago Tribune, he oversaw a news staff that won virtually all of journalism’s highest honors, including the Pulitzer Prize. Earlier he successfully led nearly 10 years of high-level talks with the Cuban government, resulting in the establishment of the first American newspaper bureau in Havana in 35 years. Mr. de Lama served as External Relations Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank, overseeing dramatic growth in the company’s communications initiatives domestically and overseas.
“George de Lama is a gifted journalist, with considerable international and leadership experience at the Chicago Tribune, the Inter-American Development Bank and in the education start-up world,” General Powell said during the recent announcement. “He has a clear passion for the work Eisenhower Fellowships does and will be a strong successor to John Wolf.”
Mr. de Lama succeeds John Wolf, former U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia and Assistant Secretary of State for Non-Proliferation, who is retiring after successfully leading Eisenhower Fellowships for the last 10 years. During his presidency, Amb. Wolf oversaw the expansion of Eisenhower Fellowships’ international program, elevated its USA Program, and led the growth of its overseas alumni network. “We are grateful to John for his dedicated decade of service to Eisenhower Fellowships,” said Gen. Powell. “He leaves an impressive legacy and an organization well-positioned for continued advancement.”