Daniel V. Speckhard

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Daniel Vern Speckhard (born 1959) is an American diplomat and nonprofit executive. Speckhard currently is the president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief [1] and is a former United States Ambassador to Greece and Belarus. In addition to his diplomatic and nonprofit service, Speckhard has worked as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Speckhard received a bachelor's degree, a Master's degree in public policy and administration, and a master's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2]


Early career[edit]

Prior to joining the State Department in 1990, Speckhard worked for the International Affairs Division of the Office of Management and Budget, the Agency for International Development, a staff member in the U.S. Senate, and in state and local government.


From 1990 to 1993, Ambassador Speckhard served as an advisor and then Director of Policy and Resources for the Deputy Secretary of State, coordinating and overseeing foreign aid funding in support of U.S. policy objectives. He received special recognition for his role in reorienting these programs to meet the new challenges of the post-Cold War era.[3]

Speckhard served from 1993 to 1997 as 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 facing large parts of the former Soviet Union.

As U.S. Ambassador to Belarus from 1997 to 2000, Speckhard worked closely with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union in promoting democratic reform, human rights, and institutional development.

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. During this period, Ambassador Speckhard received the NATO Service Medal for his crisis management work. From 2003 to 2005, Ambassador Speckhard served at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as Director of Policy Planning responsible for advising and assisting the Secretary General of NATO, senior NATO management, and the North Atlantic Council in addressing strategic issues facing the alliance.[3]

He served in Iraq from 2005 to 2007, first as the Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, responsible for overseeing the $18.4 billion Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund and then as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

Speckhard was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Greece on November 7, 2007 and arrived in Athens on November 15, 2007, where he served until 2010.[3]


From February 1, 2011 until August 19, 2011 Speckhard was non-executive chairman of the Greek Proton Bank.[4]

International Development[edit]

On April 11, 2014, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) announced that Speckhard was named President and CEO. He began at LWR on July 1, 2014.[1] He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.


  1. ^ a b "Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard Named President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief". Lutheran World Relief. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Gilbert, Craig (2007-11-07). "Wisconsin native sworn in as ambassador to Greece". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard". United States Embassy in Athens. 2007-11-07. Archived from the original on September 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Proton Bank names new CEO, chairman", Reuters, 1 February 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Daniel V. Speckhard at Wikimedia Commons

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kenneth S. Yalowitz
United States Ambassador to Belarus
1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
Michael G. Kozak
Preceded by
Charles P. Ries
United States Ambassador to Greece
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
Daniel Bennett Smith