Ambassador Kelley E. Currie

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council

Ambassador Kelley E. Currie is a founding partner of Kilo-Alpha Strategies, a boutique geopolitical advisory firm. Throughout her career in foreign policy, Ambassador Currie has specialized in human rights, political reform, and non- traditional security issues, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region.

Ambassador Currie is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, with a joint affiliation to the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Freedom and Prosperity Center. She also serves on 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, the Vandenberg Coalition, and the Global Taiwan Institute.

Ambassador Currie was unanimously confirmed in July 2017 as the United States Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Alternative Representative to the UN General Assembly under Ambassador Nikki Haley. She subsequently was appointed interim senior official in the Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice (2019) and confirmed as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and the U.S. Representative at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2020-2021). From 2009 until her appointment to the USUN leadership, she was a Senior Fellow with the Project 2049 Institute, where she founded and directed the Institute’s Burma Transition Initiative. From 2021-2023, Ambassador Currie was an adjunct senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security’s Indo-Pacific Security Project. She has held additional senior policy positions with the Department of State, U.S. Congress, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Her writing and commentary regularly appear in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Foreign Policy, and Just Security.

Ambassador Currie received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center with a focus on International Human Rights Law, and an undergraduate degree cum laude in Political Science from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.