Gene McConville, Colonel, US Army, Diplomat
Gene McConville is a former soldier, diplomat, and academic with a wealth of international experience concerning issues in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He was originally commissioned in the United States Army and spent several years as a military diplomat in Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, and Pakistan.
While assigned to Nigeria, McConville reported on a wide range of security issues, including civil/military relations and governance. During this period, he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, in support of humanitarian operations associated with Operation Restore Hope. Later, in South Africa, he established the first post-apartheid US Security Assistance Program. During his final two years in the military, he was assigned to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a Department of Defense-sponsored academic institution and think tank, where he taught a wide range of programs to African military and security officials.
Gene has also served several tours in coalition and combat environments in Pakistan and Afghanistan and worked with embassies and special operations forces in both countries. While assigned to the National Defense University, he lectured extensively on international and national security issues. He has a BBA from St. Bonaventure University, an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and has completed the National Security Manager’s Program sponsored by the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Gene McConville is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):