R. Nicholas Burns
Mr. Burns is currently the Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is executive director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum and senior counselor at the Cohen Group.
Mr. Burns served in the United States government in five presidential administrations as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. He served at the National Security Council at the White House from 1990 until 1995 as director for Soviet Affairs and then special assistant to the president for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia affairs. He served subsequently as State Department spokesman, U.S. ambassador to Greece, U.S. ambassador to NATO, and under secretary of state for political affairs. He also served after his retirement from the foreign service as a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s foreign affairs advisory board.
He is chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and of Our Generation Speaks and serves on the boards of several other non-profit organizations.
Mr. Burns holds a B.A. from Boston College and a M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Given his decades of experience in international affairs, Mr. Burns provides a global perspective to the board with deep knowledge of the politics and economics of many of the major countries and regions of the world. As a result of his long experience in the State Department and White House in high-level negotiations and crisis management, he assists the board and management with expertise on international politics and public policy matters and in navigating complex regulatory environments throughout the world. Mr. Burns brings extensive crisis management, public relations, and leadership skills to the board, having served in the U.S. government during many of the most important crises of past decades.