Uzra Zeya (F’89)

Alliance for Peacebuilding

CEO and President

As CEO and president of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Uzra Zeya leads a network of over 100 organizations working in 153 countries to end conflict through peaceful means. Over the course of a distinguished, 27-year diplomatic career, Zeya championed a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world across five continents. As chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission at U.S. Embassy Paris from 2014 to 2017, she led the U.S. response to three major terror attacks and forged unprecedented cooperation with France in combating terrorism in Africa and the Middle East, countering Russian aggression in Europe, and mobilizing global action against climate change.

Zeya served as acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2012 to 2014. She oversaw over $400 million in global human rights and democracy assistance, led U.S. human rights dialogues with China and other nations, and launched a new public-private partnership to counter gender-based violence.

As chief of staff to the deputy secretary of state from 2011 to 2012, she helped shape the U.S. policy response to the Arab Spring and deepened U.S. engagement with emerging powers. She also served as deputy executive secretary to Secretaries Rice and Clinton and overseas at Embassies New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. She is the recipient of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian honor, and 15 Superior Honor and Senior Performance Awards.

Zeya is a senior non-resident fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she teaches graduate-level coursework on diplomatic tradecraft and U.S.-European relations. Since leaving government, she also served as a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.