Specializing in public diplomacy, Nicholas Papp is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, with his overseas work having focused on cross-cultural relations, public-private partnerships, and strategic communications programs. He will be posted at the East-West Center until June 2013 with a research focus on the current democratic reform movement in Burma.
Nick recently returned to the U.S. from Baghdad, where he served as an Energy Officer promoting energy security issues related to Iraq’s growing oil and gas sector. Prior to that, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the American Institute in Taiwan, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. He began his foreign service career at the U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates after working in the financial services industry.
The Department of State has recognized his work with several awards, and in 2008 he received the prestigious Award for Achievement in Public Diplomacy for his innovative marketing and information outreach for the EducationUSA program in Taiwan.
Originally from Connecticut, Nick speaks Thai, Malay, Mandarin and French and holds a BA in Economics and Government from Cornell University and an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is available for public speaking engagements.