Germany After the Elections
Location: 450 Dodge Hall, Northeastern University
Organizer: Northeastern University’s Department of Political Science & Center for International Affairs and World Cultures with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and WorldBoston
Speaker: Former Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy
Philip Murphy looks back at his time as U.S. Ambassador to Germany and evaluates the recent German election.
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Philip D. Murphy served as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009 and presented his credentials in Berlin to German President Horst Koehler on September 3, 2009. Mr. Murphy and his family returned to the U.S. in July 2013. Engaging Germany’s youth, none of whom were born during the Cold War, was a major focus during his tenure as ambassador. In his words: “The legacy of our time together in Germany will be measured by how well we ‘set the table’ for tomorrow, by how deeply today’s youth understand the ongoing relevance of the transatlantic bridge. They are tomorrow’s leaders and our investment in their future is our highest priority.” Born in 1957, Mr. Murphy is a native of the Boston, Massachusetts area. He graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics and received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Tammy, have four children. Mr. Murphy spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs and held a variety of senior positions, including in Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong, before becoming a Senior Director of the firm in 2003, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. After leaving Goldman Sachs, he served from 2006-2009 as the National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee.