Join us as we welcome the 2022 Obama Scholars Program Distinguished Speaker Kristina Kvien '87 P'20. She will discuss her accomplished career in public service in a conversation with Larry Caldwell, Louise Gamble Professor in Political Science emeritus, and Igor Logvinenko, associate professor of diplomacy and world affairs.
Kristina Kvien ’87 P’20 joined the Department of State in 1992, rising to the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. Ms. Kvien served much of her career as an Economic Officer, focusing on trade, finance, investment, environment, science, technology and health.
Ms. Kvien has been nominated by President Biden to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at U.S. Embassy Kyiv from January, 2020 – June, 2022. She arrived in Kyiv as Deputy Chief of Mission in May, 2019. From 2016 - 2019, Ms. Kvien served as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Paris, and from 2013 - 2016 as Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Bangkok. In both Paris and Bangkok, she served over one year as Acting DCM. Ms. Kvien served as Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy London from 2010 - 2013. From 2008 - 2010, she was detailed to the National Security Council as Director for EU, Ukraine and Belarus affairs.
Ms. Kvien has also served at U.S. Embassy Moscow, the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, and U.S. Embassy Manila. She worked at the State Department on EU and OECD issues in the Office of European and Regional Affairs, and on bilateral relations with Slovenia in the Central Europe Office.
Ms. Kvien holds a BA in political science from Occidental College and an MS in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
We are excited to feature the Obama Scholars Program Distinguished Speaker Series as part of Homecoming & Family Weekend.