Paula Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert who has served in key roles as a diplomat and policy maker in both Republican and Democratic administrations. From May 2001 to January 2009, she served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; in February 2007, she was appointed the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal for her work in these positions. Other government appointments include: Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House.

From 1997-2001, she served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  Ambassador Dobriansky was also Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, and held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy (2010-2012).  She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America.