US Election Watch 20122 min read

November 6, 2012 2 min read

US Election Watch 20122 min read

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Department of Geopolitics in association with US Consulate General, Chennai will hold “US Election Watch 2012” on November 7 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The event will hold talks on Indo-US relations and US Presidential elections. New Media experts from Columbia University will speak on whether new media cut it in their predictions followed by a mock poll for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The event will also include a quiz competition and screening the coverage of the elections on CNN.


Mr. Nicholas Manring, Chief of the Consular Section

Nicholas Manring is the Chief of Consular Services at the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai. Before arriving in Chennai, he was a Senior Congressional Advisor in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, covering the Consular Affairs portfolio.  He joined the Foreign Service in 1994 and his postings have included consular, management, science, and policy positions in Mexico City, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Belfast, San José, and the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in Washington, D.C.  He has studied Spanish and German at the National Foreign Affairs Training Centre of the State Department and also speaks French and Italian.  He holds a B.S. in Agriculture from Washington State University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee.  Mr. Manring is from eastern Washington State, and is married with four children.


Shanna Dietz Surendra, Cultural Affairs Officer

Shanna Dietz Surendra joined the United States Foreign Service in 2009, and is currently serving as the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Chennai.  In her previous assignment, Shanna served as Vice-Consul to the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo Brazil, and prior to joining the Foreign Service, Shanna was a consultant to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.  Shanna has a PhD in political science from Indiana University, and is a published scholar, and lover of languages.  She currently speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi and elementary Urdu.