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Ray Leki Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

MA, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Languages Spoken
Nepali, not so bad. German, Polish and Spanish, pretty bad. Hindi and French only when unintending meanings with humorous outcomes are desired.
Ray Leki is an adjunct professorial lecturer for SIS’s Intercultural Management Institute, a career member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States, the Director of the Transition Center at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, and the author of Travel Wise: How to Be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Mr. Leki’s professional interests include international work force effectiveness, personal and organizational security, trauma and crisis response across cultures, and human resilience.

Selected Publications

  • Travel Wise: How to Be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad, Nicholas Brealey/Intercultural Press, 2008


  • Making Sense of Unaccompanied Tours, Department of State, 2008
  • Crisis Response     

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Award for Best Travel Writing 2009, Peace Corps Writers, for Travel Wise: How to be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad
  • 6 Superior Honor Awards      

Professional Presentations

  • “Barking Up the Wrong Tree?: Amygdala Activation and Executive Function Inhibition in the Pre-frontal Cortex during Culture Boundary Transition,” International Academy of Intercultural Research, 2009

Executive Experience

  • Senior Executive Threshold Seminar, Foreign Service Institute
  • Executive Leadership Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Foreign Affairs Leadership Seminar, Foreign Service Institute