Kelly, Ian Crawford - Georgia- March 2015



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Georgia

CANDIDATE: Ian Crawford Kelly

Ian Crawford Kelly, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Department of State Diplomat in Residence at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is known for his superior leadership skills, a deep knowledge of Caucasus affairs, the ability to work multilaterally and strategically and his facility in public speaking. An excellent manager with strong conflict resolution skills and a deep knowledge of security affairs, he will bring key skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the government of Georgia, an important U.S. partner in the Caucasus region.

Previously, Mr. Kelly served the State Department as U.S. Ambassador, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna, Austria (2010-2013); Spokesperson of the State Department, Bureau of Public Affairs (2009-2010); Director, Office of Russian Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2007-2009); Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium (2004-2007); Information Officer, U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (2000-2004); Information Officer, U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey (1997-2000); and Program Officer, Office of the Coordinator of Newly Independent States Assistance (1994-1996). He also served at U.S. Missions in Vienna, Austria; Belgrade, Serbia; Moscow and Leningrad, USSR; and Milan, Italy. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was Resident Director, Russian Language Program, Leningrad, USSR and an Instructor of Russian at Barnard and Columbia Colleges in New York City.

Mr. Kelly earned a B.A. from Saint Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota in 1977, a M.A from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in 1979 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City in 1986. He has been the recipient of numerous Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Mr. Kelly speaks Russian and Italian, and is proficient in Turkish, Serbian and Polish.