United Nations Foundation Welcomes Jeffrey Feltman, Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, as a Senior Fellow

With More Than Three Decades Of Experience In International Affairs, Feltman Will Bring Fresh Ideas And Perspectives To The Foundation At A Pivotal Time For The Un

Washington, D.C.

June 8, 2018


Megan Rabbitt

The United Nations Foundation today announced that Jeffrey Feltman, a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and former official with the U.S. Department of State, will join the Foundation as a Senior Fellow.

In this role, Feltman will provide strategic advice and counsel to the Foundation on its work supporting the UN and strengthening the multilateral system, especially on fast-moving peace and security issues.

Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the UN Foundation, said:

“Jeff Feltman is a strategic thinker, a savvy diplomat, and a committed peacemaker. For more than three decades, he has served on the front lines of international affairs – working to resolve conflict and foster peace and understanding in some of the world’s toughest trouble spots. His experience and insights will be invaluable to the UN Foundation’s work to help the UN advance peace and progress for everyone, everywhere.”

Feltman has deep experience in diplomacy and international affairs. He served as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs from 2012 until March 2018, where he led UN conflict prevention, mediation, and peace efforts. Before joining the UN, Feltman worked in the U.S. foreign service for more than 26 years, focusing especially on Middle East affairs. During his time at the U.S. Department of State, he served as a U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, as well as worked in Iraq, Hungary, Tunisia, Israel, and Haiti.

Feltman received a bachelor’s degree in history and fine arts from Ball State University and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He speaks Arabic, French, and Hungarian.


About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.