Dr. Emelia Timpo joined the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in the Fall 2021 semester as the Sergio Vieira de Mello Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy.
Among others, Dr. Timpo’s duties include giving talks/lectures to students in individual classes, conducting seminars and workshops for students, exchanging policy and academic ideas and providing networking, career consultation, and other opportunities for staff, faculty and students.
Dr. Timpo is a development expert with specialization in HIV/AIDS, gender, agriculture, and educational policy with significant experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, education, policy development, and mainstreaming the needs of persons with disabilities. Throughout her 17 years with the United Nations, Dr. Timpo has worked extensively on gender issues, specifically women’s economic and political empowerment, capacity building of women’s organizations, and ensuring full integration of gender issues in technical programming. In addition to her work with UNAIDS, Dr. Timpo has worked with various agricultural institutions, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The Sergio Vieira de Mello Visiting Chair position was established by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in honor of Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, a United Nations (UN) Diplomat from Brazil, who was killed in the August 19, 2003, at the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, along with 20 other members of his staff while working as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative. Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello had a long and distinguished career with the UN and is remembered for his effective work to promote peace, human rights and humanitarian aid.