Alice Hecht – Former Chief of Protocol of the UN and the Protocol Adviser of UNITAR:
Ms. Alice Hecht is the Protocol Adviser, at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and an experienced trainer on the development of e-learning courses and seminars on protocol in multilateral organizations and their impact in the conduct of international negotiations.
As Chief of Protocol in the United Nations, Ms. Hecht was the key interlocutor between the United Nations and Heads of States, Governments and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 193 Member States and other international luminaries on their participation to international summits and conferences. She was responsible for all aspects of the coordination of their visits and meetings with the Secretary-General. During the course of her assignment, Ms. Hecht organized the attendance of high-level visitors to the United Nations for events specially held in their honor such as the visit of the King of Saudi Arabia in November 2008.
Her duties included organizing of the annual Heads of State dinner hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The event is attended by some 230 Royals, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors to the United Nations.