Key Officers

Mr. Anderton joined UNVIE as IAEA Counselor in August 2017. He was previously Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Prior to that, he served as Deputy Political Minister in Beijing, China, Deputy Director for Scandinavia and the Baltic States in Washington, DC, and First Secretary at the U.S. Mission to NATO, where he oversaw the NATO-Russia Council.

Other assignments include Russian Foreign Policy expert in the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs, Economic Officer and later Senior Staff Assistant to Ambassador Thomas Foley at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and Oil and Natural Resources Officer at U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Anderton was briefly an academic, with postdoctoral fellowships at both the Free and Technical Universities in Berlin, Germany. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Tokyo University in 1986, and a visiting lecturer in the Values, Technology, Science and Society program at Stanford University in 1991.  He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard in the History of Science and Astrophysics, respectively; and a Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Princeton.

Mr. Anderton speaks Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German, French, and Thai. He is married to Frances Therese Anderton and has three children.

Scott Harris has been with INL and the Department of State since 1999.  He currently serves as Senior Policy Adviser to the Director of INL’s Office of Global Programs and Policy (GPP), and is on temporary assignment as the Counselor for UN Affairs in Vienna.  During his tenure with INL, Scott has served as the Bureau’s public affairs and public diplomacy adviser (1999-2001); senior multilateral affairs officer (2001-2007); deputy director of INL’s former office of Policy, Planning, and Coordination (2007-2008); and Senior Adviser on Transnational Organized Crime (2010-2011).  He has served as a delegate to over 20 UN Commissions on Narcotic Drugs and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, including several stints as Alternative Head of Delegation.  As INL’s Senior Adviser on Transnational Organized Crime, he served as a lead drafter of the White House’s 2011 Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime.  In 2018, he drafted the Department of State’s Five Year Global Plan of Action to Combat Emerging Synthetic Drug Threats.

Aaron Nuutinen joined the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna in August 2019. As Counselor for Multilateral and Technical Affairs, he leads engagement efforts with the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation.

He was previously Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Prior to that, he completed assignments in Egypt, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia where he was Deputy Director of a bilateral program to train and equip the Saudi Ministry of Interior. Aaron also served in the Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and as an embedded policy advisor for a U.S. military counter-ISIS task force in Syria and Iraq.

Aaron was born and raised in Wisconsin and earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He worked 13 years in the Wisconsin legislature prior to joining the Department of State.

Justen Thomas has served as Advisor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna since July 2018. He previously worked as First Secretary and Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba from August 2016 until June 2018.

Prior to that, Justen was the Spanish and Portuguese-language Spokesperson for the Department of State, working from the Department’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida. Other assignments include Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C., Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, and Vice-Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.

Justen holds a Master of Science degree in International Development from the University of Bristol, England and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, International Relations, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.