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Kelley E. Currie is a nonresident senior fellow for the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Center and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She is also a founding partner of Kilo Alpha Strategies, a boutique geopolitical advisory firm. In addition, she currently serves as a senior advisor to the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University and as a member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, the board of governors of the East-West Center, and the advisory boards of Spirit of America and the Vandenberg Coalition.
Throughout her career in foreign policy, Currie has specialized in human rights, political reform, development, and humanitarian issues, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific. Currie was unanimously confirmed in 2017 as the US representative to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council and as the alternative representative to the UN General Assembly. In December 2019, she was appointed the US ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues and US representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women—she served in that position until January 2021. Prior to returning to government service, Currie was a senior fellow at the Project 2049 Institute from 2009 to 2017, where she founded the Burma Transition Initiative and focused on nontraditional security in Asia.
She holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law School and a bachelor of arts from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.