President and CEO of IREX
(Posted February 15, 2016)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Kristin Lord, president and CEO of IREX, an international nonprofit organization dedicating to building a more inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders and extending access to quality education, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and deliver the commencement address at Juniata’s 139th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 13 on the Juniata campus.
Kristin Lord, who has led IREX’s efforts in international education and development since 2014, is a longtime advocate for global engagement and international education. Before joining IREX (which stands for International Research and Exchanges Board), Lord was acting president and executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace, a federally created organization that seeks to prevent, mitigate and resolve global conflict worldwide. During her tenure, she oversaw the launch of an online education initiative, the creation of the Peace Tech Lab, and the development of a five-year strategic plan.
From 2008 to 2013, she served as executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, where she oversaw the center’s research efforts and edited more than 100 publications. She also wrote significant reports and studies on diplomacy and development, cyber security, U.S. global engagement and violent extremism.
Lord earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies in 1991 from American University, and went on to earn a master’s degree in 1993 and a doctorate in 1997, both in government, from Georgetown University.
Lord has focused on international education from the start of her career, which began in 1995 at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She taught on the school’s faculty and served as associate dean for management and planning and associate dean for strategy research and external relations, where she initiated a wide range of education programs for students, diplomats, and midcareer professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Lord received an international affairs fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. In that capacity, she worked for the U.S. Department of State as a special adviser to the undersecretary for democracy and global affairs from 2005- 2006. Lord left George Washington University for the Brookings Institution in 2008, where she led a science and technology initiative for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and authored a major report on America’s role in the world
In addition to numerous scholarly articles and reports, Lord is the author of “Perils and Promise of Global Transparency: Why the Information Revolution May Not Lead to Security, Democracy or Peace” and “Power and Conflict in an Age of Transparency.” She has written numerous articles for media outlets such as Politico, USA Today, CNN.com and Roll Call, and such specialty publications as Foreign Policy, Foreign Service Journal, Defense News and World Politics Review.
Her expert commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Voice of America and PBS. She is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition board of directors and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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