Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, PhD

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Vice Chair of the National Executive Committee, US Water Partnership. Formerly, she was Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, during which time, she sat on the Presidentially-appointed US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Dobriansky has served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; 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 US Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Advisor to the US Delegation to the 1985 UN Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya; and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. She received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast as the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Dobriansky is a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Ford and Rotary Foundation Fellow, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has received high-level international recognition including the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland, Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, National Order "Star of Romania", Hungary’s Commander’s Cross Order of Merit, and Ukraine’s Order of Merit. She earned a BSFS summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a MA and PhD in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. Dobriansky serves on the Board of Trustees of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.