Karen Donfried

President, The German Marshall Fund of the US (GMF)

Bachelor's in Government and German, Wesleyan Univ.; Magister, Univ. of Munich; PhD and MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Univ. Formerly: served for ten years as a European specialist, Congressional Research Service; 2001, joined The German Marshall Fund of the US (GMF); 2003-05, worked for the US Department of State's Policy Planning staff, handling the Europe portfolio; 2005-10, second term of service at GMF, first as Senior Director, policy programmes and then as Executive Vice-President; National Intelligence Officer for Europe, National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community's centre for strategic thinking; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, European Affairs, National Security Council, The White House. Since April 2014, President, GMF. Member: Council on Foreign Relations; American Council on Germany. Cross of the Order of Merit, German Government (2011); Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium (2010); Superior Honor Award, US Department of State (2005).