Uzra Zeya

Uzra Zeya is CEO and President of Alliance for Peacebuilding, a leading global network of 120+ organizations working to end violent conflict and sustain peace. Uzra joined AfP in 2019, after a distinguished diplomatic career over two decades on five continents. As Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Paris, she achieved unprecedented U.S.-French cooperation on climate change, counterterrorism, and Russia, and was awarded the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian honor. As Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, she expanded public-private partnerships for LGBT equality and against gender-based violence, and led U.S. human rights dialogues with China. She also served at U.S. embassies in India, Syria, Egypt, and Oman, and speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. She is a Board of Advisors Member for the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program.