Type: Public event

The nexus between diplomacy and development: A practitioner’s perspective

Date & time

Sep 11, 2015-May 25, 2024, 1:00-4:04 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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From the speaker's bio:

Thomas Miller is currently the president and CEO of International Executive Service Corps (IESC). Prior to joining IESC, Tom was president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the U.S. (2009) and from 2005-08, served as CEO of Plan International, a large NGO that works in 66 countries to improve the lives of children in developing countries. A 29-year career diplomat, Tom's experience in the Foreign Service spanned many continents. From 2001-04, he served as U.S. ambassador to Greece, where he focused on the security concerns of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and domestic counter-terrorism. From 1999-2001, as U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked on helping the country recover after a devastating war. From 1997-99, he was special coordinator for the Cyprus negotiations (rank of ambassador). He was also posted to Thailand, Greece two other times, and the State Department in Washington, where he focused on North Africa, the Middle East, and counter-terrorism issues. In 2011, Tom was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the chair of the board of the International Commission on Missing Persons, an internationally acclaimed organization that identifies missing persons in many countries by using DNA-matching and other techniques.

Tom serves on the boards of D.A.R.E., Partnership for a Secure America, and Lampsa. He was also recently selected to serve on AARP’s National Policy Council. He is the recipient of many honors and awards as well as honorary degrees. A native of the Chicago area, Ambassador Miller has five degrees from the University of Michigan: a PhD in political science (1975), master's degrees in both political science (1973) and Asian studies (1972), and a bachelor's degree in political science (1969). In addition, in 2003 he received an honorary doctorate when he was the university's commencement speaker.