Speaker Information
Global Issues 2017





Molly Williamson

Molly Williamson

Molly Williamson speaks extensively on U.S. foreign policy. She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a consultant, and a member of the boards of the International Executive Service Corps, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and Noble Energy.

She is a former Foreign Service officer, having served six U.S. presidents and achieved the rank of Career Minister. Ms. Williamson has had a unique combination of senior executive policy positions in four Cabinet Departments. Her postings include: Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce, U.S. interim ambassador to Bahrain, and Chief of Mission and Consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace process, which culminated in the Oslo Accords.

Ms. Williamson holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Maryland. A California native, she has been trained in Arabic and Hebrew. She has won numerous awards for her many diplomatic accomplishments, including two presidential Service Awards, as well as eighteen awards from the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Defense, and Energy.