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    Ambassador Donald Steinberg serves as president and CEO of World Learning, a non-profit organization empowering a new generation of global citizens to build a more peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and democratic world.  World Learning runs the Experiment in International Living, which provides secondary school students with often their first international experiences; SIT Study Abroad for college under-graduates; the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.; and the Global Development and Exchange Program, which provides capacity building for civil society and governments, educational and cultural exchanges, and related programs for people from more than 100 countries worldwide.

    He served from 2010-2013 as deputy administrator at the USAID, where he provided over‐all direction and management and focused on the Middle East and Africa, reforms under USAID Forward, integration and mainstreaming of gender and disabilities, and enhanced dialogue with development partners, including civil society, business, and foreign donors. He was a member of the NSC Deputies Committee and a founding member of the Atrocity Prevention Board.

    He previously served as deputy president for policy at International Crisis Group, directing policy, advocacy, and analysis for this NGO seeking to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.  In 2004-05, he served as a Randolph Jennings Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he researched, wrote, and advocated on behalf of the world’s internally displaced persons.

    During nearly 30 years with the U.S. government, he served as director of the State Department’s Joint Policy Council, White House deputy press secretary, National Security Council senior director for African affairs, special Haiti coordinator, U.S. ambassador to Angola, and special representative of the President for humanitarian demining. Other diplomatic postings included officer‐in‐charge in Pretoria, South Africa, during that country’s transition from apartheid to non‐racial democracy, Mauritius, Brazil, Malaysia and Central African Republic. He was also senior advisor for foreign policy to House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and director of the House Task Force on Trade and Competitiveness.

    He holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and political economy from University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree from Reed College. He has published more than 100 articles on foreign policy, African developments, gender issues, post‐conflict reconstruction, children and armed conflict, atrocities prevention and disarmament. He served as a board member of the Women’s Refugee Commission, senior advisor to the UNIFEM executive director, and advisory committee member of the Institute for Inclusive Security.  His honors include the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award, the Frasure Award for International Peace, the Hunt Award for Women in Policy Formulation, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the USAID Distinguished Service Award, and six State Department Superior Honors Awards.