Paula Dobriansky

Paula Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security (Atlantic Council); former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former  diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She is a Senior Fellow at  Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs  and Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security (Atlantic  Council). She brings over 30 years of government and international  experience across senior levels of diplomacy, business and defense.  

From 2010 – 2012, Ambassador Dobriansky was Senior Vice President  and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson  Reuters. In this position, she was responsible for designing and  implementing a corporate approach for engagement in Washington, D.C.  and other key capitals around the globe and was instrumental in the  development of their financial regulatory strategy. During this time, she  was also appointed the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S.  Naval Academy.  

Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for  Global Affairs (2001-2009). Among her primary accomplishments,  she established and led the U.S.-India, U.S.-China, and U.S.- Brazil  Global Issues Fora — which advanced crucial work and international  cooperation on environment, energy, health, development, and  humanitarian issues. Additionally, she was head of delegation and lead  negotiator on U.S. climate change policy. 

In February 2007, as the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland,  Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor,  the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic  devolution of power in Belfast. She has held many Senate-confirmed and  senior level positions in the U.S. government including Director  of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the  Reagan White House, 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  (CSCE)