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William Courtney, U.S. Ambassador (Retired)

President

William Courtney is president of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association and an adjunct senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, where he is executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum. He was senior principal for policy strategy at Computer Sciences Corporation, and earlier 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. Before, he helped manage the reorganization of U.S. foreign affairs agencies, served as special assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and was Ambassador to Georgia, Kazakhstan, and the Bilateral Consultative Commission, which implements the Threshold Test Ban Treaty.

Ambassador Courtney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was an international affairs fellow. He belongs to the boards of directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the World Affairs Council of Washington DC, and the advisory council of the Eurasia Foundation. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. and Brown University with a Ph.D. in economics.

 
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Sarah Frese

Executive Director

Sarah Frese is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association. She is also a contributor to Oxford Analytica, a political and macroeconomic consulting agency, where she previously worked on engagements ranging from strategic development in the public and private sectors to targeted analytical work for clients focused on international business issues, energy, economic diversification, and monitoring of the Eurasia region. Prior to joining Oxford Analytica, Sarah worked as the Coordinator of the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum (now the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit) at Atlantic Council; she coordinated the Summit’s first two annual meetings in Bucharest and Istanbul in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Ms. Frese is a member of the Center on Global Interests’ 2015-16 Rising Experts Program and the Eurasia Foundation’s Young Professionals Network, 2014-15 cohort. She graduated from Central College of Iowa with her B.A. and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with her M.A. in Eurasian Russian and East European Studies.