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Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard

CEO, Corus International

Former US Ambassador to Greece and Belarus

Daniel V. Speckhard is the president & CEO of Corus International, an ensemble of organizations including Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health. He has retired as a career diplomat in 2010 after serving as the U.S. ambassador to Greece. Previously he has served as U.S. ambassador to Belarus from 1997 to 2000.

Daniel’s previous positions have included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO and Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq. He also served as a senior advisor to Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley company at the forefront of using technology to drive innovative change across the government, commercial and non-profit sectors.

A problem solver, a negotiator, a consensus builder and a visionary, Daniel brings deep experience working at the nexus of economic development, international security and political change, areas closely linked to the agency’s mission to serve people experiencing poverty and marginalization overseas. In the wider policy arena, he served as a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He currently serves as a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center.

Daniel has a master’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in public policy and administration, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and started his career in government as a Presidential Management Fellow.