AMBASSADOR (RET.) SCOTT H. DELISI
Scott DeLisi served the government of the United States for 34 years as a diplomat, capping his distinguished career as American Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda from 2012 – 2015. He also represented President Barrack Obama as Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, from March 2010 to July 2012, and previously President George W. Bush as Ambassador to the State of Eritrea. Earlier in his career, Ambassador DeLisi was also the Deputy Ambassador at the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana.
In Washington, Ambassador DeLisi served as the Director of Career Development and Assignments in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources and as the Director for Entry-Level Programs in the same bureau. Among his other domestic assignments he has served as Director for Southern African Affairs, and also in the Bureau of Intelligence & Research, and the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs. Overseas, he has had additional postings in India, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Ambassador DeLisi has been the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, the Charles E. Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development, the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence, the CIA Director’s Award, the DIA Director’s Award, and multiple Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. His foreign languages include French and Urdu. Ambassador DeLisi is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, earned the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, and also attended the Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Upon his retirement from the diplomatic service he brought his skills as a leader, communicator and mentor to the Soarway Foundation, working on behalf of the people of Nepal for whom he cares deeply.
Ambassador DeLisi is married and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Michael Kobold was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and received his high school diploma from Frankfurt International School (FIS). He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Michael’s first company was a non-profit organization that raised funds for children whose parents could not afford extra-curricular school activities. The successful operation of this company was later taken over by FIS.
In 1998, at the age of 19, Michael founded Kobold Watch Company, which manufactures wristwatches for professional use. The company is credited for ringing in the renaissance of American watchmaking. In 2014, Kobold became the first U.S.-based brand in 50 years to manufacture its watch cases in-house.
In the literary world, Michael collaborated with the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the books Captain Scott, The Feather Men, Cold, Mad Bad and Dangerous, and on the bestseller The Secret Hunters, a fictionalized tale of the life of a Holocaust survivor.
In 2009 and 2010 Michael reached the summit of Mount Everest via the South Col. Both expeditions raised money for the Navy SEAL Fund. In 2012, Kobold opened the first watch company in the Himalayas, employing two Sherpas mountain guides as watchmakers. That year, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai of Nepal appointed Michael as Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal.
In 2015, Michael founded the Soarway Foundation, a non-profit tasked with helping Nepal in case of an earthquake. Three weeks after the Soarway was incorporated, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Michael also produced and directed the 2016 PBS documentary film Shattered Shangri-La, co-produced by award-winning photographer and film director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
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