Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard is the president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief. He was a nonresident senior fellow with the Center on the United States and Europe in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, and retired as a career diplomat in 2010 after serving as the U.S. ambassador to Greece from 2007. His preceding post was as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, following a year as director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office.
From 2003 to 2005, Ambassador Speckhard served as director of policy planning for NATO and was responsible for advising and assisting the secretary general, senior NATO management, and the council in addressing strategic issues facing the alliance. From 2000 to 2003, he was NATO’s deputy assistant secretary general for political affairs, covering political relations with the countries of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and the Mediterranean. During this period, Ambassador Speckhard received the NATO Service Medal for his crisis management work.
As U.S. ambassador to Belarus from 1997 to 2000, Ambassador Speckhard worked closely with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union in promoting democratic reform, human rights, and institutional development. From 1993 to 1997, he was a deputy to the ambassador-at-large for the New Independent States at the State Department in Washington. He was responsible for a broad range of political, security, and economic issues facing large parts of the former Soviet Union.
From 1990 to 1993, Ambassador Speckhard served as an advisor and then director of policy and resources for the deputy secretary of state, coordinating and overseeing foreign aid funding in support of U.S. policy objectives. He received special recognition for his role in reorienting these programs to meet the new challenges of the post-Cold War era. From 1981 to 1990, his assignments included positions in the international affairs division of the Office of Management and Budget, USAID, staff member in the U.S. Senate, and in state and local government.
Ambassador Speckhard has an M.A. in public policy and administration and an M.A. in economics, as well as a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.