Richard Holbrooke

The New York Times hails Richard Holbrooke as "a master of impossible missions!" He currently serves as Hilary Clinton's senior policy advisor. Holbrooke is regarded as one of the world's premier negotiators. He's best known as the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. He's the recipient of numerous awards including seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his work on this historic negotiation.

Holbrooke has written numerous articles and two books including To End a War, based on the historic negotiation. The book was named one of the eleven best books of 1998 by The New York Times.

He boasts a lengthy career in diplomatic service. Holbrooke served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., where he was also a member of President Clinton's cabinet (1999-2001). In that role he played a central figure on U.S. policy towards the U.N., the Balkans, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and humanitarian crisis such as HIV/AIDS.

He was the Secretary of State for Europe (1994-1996) and the U.S. U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1993-1994) and from 1977-1981 Holbrooke was the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Holbrooke is currently the Vice-Chairman of Perseus, a leading private equity firm and writes a monthly column for the Washington Post.