Paula J. Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She 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, U.S. Water Partnership. Dobriansky is currently a senior fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and vice chairman of the National Executive Committee of the U.S Water Partnership.

From 2010 to 2012, Dobriansky was senior vice president and global head of government and regulatory affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she was also appointed as the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. In February 2007, as the president’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, Dobriansky received the secretary of state’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast.

From 1997- 2001, Dobriansky served as 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. She also served on the presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, Dobriansky serves on various boards, including the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Atlantic Council, and Freedom House. She is also a trustee of the Trilateral Commission and serves on the board of visitors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

She received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.