The Honorable William H. Courtney

Adjunct Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation; Executive Director, RAND Business Leaders Forum President, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association

The Honorable William H. Courtney

Adjunct Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation; Executive Director, RAND Business Leaders Forum President, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association

William Courtney is an adjunct senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, as well as president of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association. In 2014 he retired from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as senior principal for federal policy strategy; from 2000 to 2003 he was senior vice president for national security programs at DynCorp (bought by CSC in 2003).

From 1972 through 1999, Mr. Courtney was a career foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State. He co-chaired the U.S. delegation to the review conference that prepared for the 1999 Summit in Istanbul of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He advised on the reorganization of U.S. foreign affairs agencies mandated by the Foreign Affairs Reform Act of 1999. Earlier, he was special assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia; ambassador to Georgia, Kazakhstan, and the U.S.-Soviet Bilateral Consultative Commission to implement the Threshold Test Ban Treaty; and deputy U.S. negotiator in U.S.-Soviet defense and space (missile defense) talks in Geneva. He served abroad in Brasilia, Moscow, Geneva, Almaty, and Tbilisi.

Mr. Courtney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was an international affairs fellow. He is a member and served on the boards of directors of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. and Brown University with a Ph.D. in economics.

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