We are pleased to announce the arrival today of Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ambassador Holgate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26.
Ambassador Holgate joins us from Washington, D.C. where she was previously the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction on the National Security Council. In this role, she oversaw and coordinated the development of national policies and programs to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; detect, identify, secure and eliminate nuclear materials; prevent malicious use of biotechnology; and secure the civilian nuclear fuel cycle. She also acted as U.S. Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summits and co-led the effort to advance the President’s Global Health Security Agenda.
From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Holgate was the Vice President for Russia/New Independent States Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Prior to that, Ambassador Holgate directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fissile Materials Disposition from 1998 to 2001, and was Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction at the Department for Defense from 1995 through 1998, where she provided policy oversight of the “Nunn-Lugar” Cooperative Threat Reduction program.
Ambassador Holgate received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in politics from Princeton University and a Master of Science Degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and spent two years on the research staff at Harvard University’s Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she was awarded a CFR International Affairs Fellowship in 1999.
Ambassador Holgate will present her credentials to the United Nations Office in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization this week and early next.
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For more on Ambassador Holgate, check out her welcome video on the U.S. Mission Youtube channel.