Daniel V. Speckhard
Ambassador of the United States to Greece
Daniel V. Speckhard's last posting was as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy Baghdad where he served from August 2006-August 2007. In August 2005 he was assigned as the Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office in Baghdad (IRMO).
From 2003 to 2005 he served as Director of Policy Planning 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. His directorate managed the process of NATO enlargement as well as the development of relations with Russia, Ukraine, the EU and OSCE. He received the NATO Service Medal for his work in support of crisis management in Macedonia, spending several months as NATO Senior Representative in Skopje at the height of the crisis.
From 1997 to 2000 he served as United States Ambassador to Belarus, working closely with the OSCE and European Union in promoting democratic reform, human rights, and institutional development. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Speckhard 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 involving the newly-independent states of the former Soviet Union. He served as an advisor and then Director of Policy and Resources for the Deputy Secretary of State from 1990-1993 and was responsible for the coordination and oversight of foreign aid funding in support of foreign policy objectives and received special recognition for his role in reorienting foreign assistance programs to meet the new challenges of post-Cold War era. From 1981 to 1990 his assignments included positions in the International Affairs Division of the Office of Management and Budget, the US Agency for International Development, staff member in the U.S. Senate and in state and local government.
Mr. Speckhard has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Masters Degree in Economics; and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Wisconsin.