International environmentalist John "Jock" Whittlesey, retired diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, will visit the School of International Affairs to speak about international environmental governance.
Mr. Jock Whittlesey is a former U.S. diplomat now specializing in lectures on the environment and foreign affairs. In his 26-year career at the State Department as a foreign service officer, he spent 19 years overseas, including eight years in China, three years in the U.K., three years in Jordan, two years apiece in Greece and Jamaica, and a year in Taiwan. From 2001 to 2018, he worked on environment, science, health, and conservation issues, including climate change, wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, Ebola, flooding, and air pollution.
He speaks Chinese, and has studied Greek, French, Spanish, and Cantonese. He has traveled to over 70 countries and territories, most recently to Greenland, Costa Rica, Vanuatu, Fiji, Australia, and Mexico. He lives with his wife in the Washington, D.C., area, where he enjoys theater, baseball, and bike-riding. Their son attends the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.