The Honorable Stuart W. Holliday is the President and CEO of Meridian International Center, a leading non-partisan public diplomacy institution located in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Meridian, he served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs from 2003- 2005. From 2000- 2001, Holliday served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the Department of State. From 1998-2000, he served as Assistant Policy Director to then Governor of Texas. He has also served as Executive Director of the Dallas Council on World Affairs and as Regional Director for North Africa, the Middle East and Turkey at the International Republican Institute where he worked on political reform and elections. Holliday is also life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chair of the National Capital Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors and The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).