Talk With Uzra Zeya

Uzra Zeya

Uzra Zeya is CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding, the leading network for non-governmental organizations working to end conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. A 2018-2019 Non-resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Ms. Zeya has over two decades of diplomatic experience in Near East, South Asian, European, human rights, and multilateral affairs. As Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at US Embassy Paris from 2014 to 2017, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of Embassy Paris, six constituent posts, and 50 offices and agencies working to take U.S.-French cooperation to unprecedented levels. Ms. Zeya served previously as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Ms. Zeya served in New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State, she helped shape the U.S. response to the Arab Spring and deepened US engagement with emerging powers. She also served as Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State, as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and as UN General Assembly Coordinator.