Amb. Daniel Mulhall – Key to a 4-Decade Diplomatic Career In-Service

Daniel Mulhall is the Irish Ambassador to the United States of America. He joined the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978, with early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna, Brussels, and Edinburgh , where he was Ireland’s first consul general from 1998 to 2001. He served as Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia from 2001 to 2005, where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. In 2005, he was conferred with an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for his work in connection with the Asian tsunami. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany, and before departing for Washington in 2017, he served as Ireland’s ambassador in London. As a passionate historian and author, and a prolific social media communicator, Ambassador Mulhall joins me today to talk about his reflections on a 43-year diplomatic career in-service and the importance of lifelong learning. He talks about his experience responding to the Asian tsunami and shares why it was meaningful for him as an ambassador to be able to help people in the here-and-now. He also notes that we rarely change and grow in leaps and bounds, but rather as a result of every small thing we do. He speaks about the power of poetry and the importance of a mental frame of satisfaction. He also shares his hopes for the future.

“Everything that you do in life ought to change you a little bit.”

– Ambassador Daniel Mulhall

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair
  • The patience required for a job in diplomacy
  • Why life is a lifelong learning project
  • The most defining moments of Daniel’s life
  • Daniel’s tips for clear communication
  • The power of repetition