Negotiating for Humanity: A Conversation with Ambassador Ellen Løj

The Albright Institute welcomed retired Danish Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj for its annual public dialogue on January 18th, 2024.

During her 35-year tenure in the Danish Foreign Service, Ambassador Løj held multiple leadership positions. Most recently, she served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS, 2014-2016). In this dialogue, Ambassador Løj discusses her career as a diplomat and the importance of collective diplomatic action to safeguard humanity's future.

Facilitated by Stacie Goddard, Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science and Associate Provost for Wellesley in the World.

This event is part of the Albright Institute’s 15th Anniversary programming, “Negotiating for Humanity”, honoring Secretary Albright’s deep commitment to humane characteristics of empathy and universality.


  • Ellen Margrethe Løj, Retired Danish Ambassador
    Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj is the 2024 Distinguished Visiting Professor. She has 35 years of foreign service experience, including in multiple leadership roles in the Danish government and the United Nations.
  • Stacie Goddard, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College; Paula Phillips Bernstein ’58 Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
    Stacie Goddard researches issues of international security with a specific focus on legitimacy, rising powers, and territorial conflict.