Michael Graf is a seasoned international exchange professional with nearly 20 years working in public diplomacy and international relations. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno in International Affairs and Economics, Michael has worked with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), since 2003, starting as an intern at the Northern Nevada International Center, then on to working in 2009 at the Council of the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), now a part of Institute of International Education (IIE) as Assistant Director of the Fulbright Scholar Exchange Programs.
Michael was the recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, District 5190, in 2008 as student of Arabic at the American University in Cairo at the Intensive Arabic Language Institute. From there he worked as a lobbyist at the East West Institute promoting improved U.S. – Russia relations as a part of the Obama Administration’s Russian reset policy to promote U.S. – Russia Trade relations.
In 2012, Michael joined the Global South Group, working as lead program manager with the Nigerian Customs Service in Abuja, Nigeria to reduce corruption practices within the Nigerian Government.
In 2013 Michael returned to Nevada and worked with the Northern Nevada International Center as Program Manager of International Exchanges for the International Visitor Leadership Program, Fulbright Scholar Exchanges, and fundraising. He is happy now to currently work with the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas as Director of International Exchanges promoting diplomacy in Las Vegas and around the world.