Ambassador Stuart Holliday is the President and CEO of Meridian International Center. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Meridian is a premier global leadership center that delivers a suite of programs to prepare U.S. and international leaders to meet shared global challenges by building context, understanding culture, and driving collaboration. Meridian works closely with the U.S. Department of State and other U.S. agencies, NGOs, international governments, and the private sector to advance effective leadership for a more secure, responsible, and prosperous world. Holliday served as United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations (2003-2005). Holliday’s primary duties involved representing the United States on issues at the U.N. Security Council, specifically for U.S. policy on U.N. Peacekeeping, Sanctions, and Counterterrorism programs. Prior to serving at the UN, Holliday was Coordinator (Assistant Secretary) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. From 2000 to 2001, he was Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House. At the White House, he advised the President on all National Security appointments including the Defense Department, State Department, the Veterans Department, FEMA, NASA, OPIC, Peace Corps, USAID and Ambassadorships. Following the attacks of September 11, Holliday was tasked by the President’s Chief of Staff to work with government agencies to assemble the first Office of Homeland Security. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Policy Advisor to the Governor of Texas. In this capacity, he had responsibility for economic development, international trade, technology and military issues. He has also served as Executive Director of the Dallas Council on World Affairs, and as Regional Director for North Africa, the Middle East and Turkey at the International Republican Institute (IRI), where he focused on political reform and elections. Holliday served on active and reserve duty as an Officer in the United States Navy (Intelligence) from 1988 until 1995 and was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. He is a recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal and other awards. He obtained his B.S.F.S. (International Affairs) from Georgetown University and his M.A. (International Affairs) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Holliday is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of American Ambassadors, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Swift Spinning Inc., and Cambridge Global Advisors. Holliday is currently writing a book for leaders providing a new framework for looking at the world and tools for increasing leadership and organization performance in the global context. Follow Ambassador Holliday on twitter at @AMBSHolliday.