AMB Daniel V. Speckhard
President and Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran World Relief, Reconstruction and Development
Ambassador Speckhard has spent a career working with countries in transition, including having run one of the largest reconstruction programs since the Marshall Plan. He is currently President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief after several years as Senior Advisor with Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company. He is also non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and has been a guest commentator on a number of major television networks, including ABC, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Before joining Palantir, Ambassador Speckhard had a distinguished public service career spanning the globe and nearly three decades. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Greece and the U.S. Ambassador to Belarus. He spent two years in Iraq, first as Director of the $20 billion Iraq reconstruction program, and then as the deputy to the Ambassador and chief operating officer of the largest Embassy in the world.
Prior to this, Ambassador Speckhard worked at NATO, where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, responsible for membership and partnership relations across Europe, Eurasia, North Africa, the Middle East, and with the EU and other international organizations. During this time he received special recognition for his engagement in the Balkans to promote peace and stability.
In the mid 1990’s, he served as the Deputy to the Ambassador-at–Large for the New Independent States assisting with the transition in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucuses. Prior assignments included serving as a senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, working on foreign assistance issues.
Before joining the State Department he was an international economist and examiner for the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, working with the World Bank, the Export Import Bank, OPIC, USAID, and Congressional oversight and appropriation committees. He started his career in government as a Presidential Management Fellow, including assignments on the Senate staff and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Ambassador Speckhard is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council, and on the Advisory Board of the Eurasia Foundation. He has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Economics, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.