United Nations Day Celebration

The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy Challenges and the Role of the United Nations: A Practitioner’s Perspective 

Ambassador Thomas Miller

November 9, 2009
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Belmont University
Massey Board Room
Nashville, TN
Cost: $25.00 (student scholarships available)

The program includes a reception, welcome from the President of Belmont University, Dr. Bob Fisher, dinner and the speaker, Ambassador Thomas Miller.

Ambassador Thomas Miller was appointed president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in 2009.  Before taking leadership of UNA-USA, Miller served as the chief executive of Plan International, a $650 million, 72-year-old international agency that focuses on improving children’s lives in developing countries. From January 2005 through January 2009, Miller was based at Plan International’s headquarters in London, where he was responsible for the coordination and management of all the agency’s operations in 49 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Miller spent 29 years in the US Foreign Service, working on policy issues in the Balkans, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He began his career in Southeast Asia, serving in Thailand, where he focused on refugee issues. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Miller worked in the State Department on Middle East and North African matters, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He also served as executive assistant to the President’s Middle East envoy. Miller was named ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999. During his two years in Sarajevo, he worked on postwar political and economic reconstruction as well as refugee and humanitarian issues.

Miller served at the US Embassy in Athens three times, including as US ambassador to Greece in 2001-2004. At the State Department in Washington and in Greece, he concentrated on counterterrorism, focusing particularly on domestic terrorism in Greece and security during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. After receiving numerous State Department awards throughout his career, including the Equal Opportunity Award, the Cobb Award for Commercial Excellence, the Superior Honor Award five times and the Meritorious Honor Award, Miller retired from the Foreign Service in December 2004.

Miller has also taught university courses on international relations and diplomacy. He founded the Model United Nations program in Washington, DC, in 1993, a program that continues to flourish. He created a similar Model UN organization in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Miller initiated the Community Service Network for local and American volunteers at US embassies in Sarajevo and Athens and personally participated in rebuilding homes for war returnees in Bosnia and refurbishing buildings for refugees and disabled children in Athens. He also helped found the Athens chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He serves on the board of D.A.R.E. (a US-based antidrug organization) and other advisory boards. Miller is married to the former Bonnie Stern and has a daughter and a son.

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