Wendy Chamberlin has been the president of the Middle East Institute since March 2007. She previously served as deputy high commissioner for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2004 to 2006), where she helped provide vision and leadership for humanitarian operations.
As assistant administrator in the Asia-Near East Bureau for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2002 to 2004, Chamberlin promoted expansion of civilian reconstruction programs in Iraq and as well as development assistance programs in South Asia and the Middle East.
Chamberlin was in the U.S. diplomatic service from 1975 to 2004. She served as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan (2001-2002) and to the Laos People’s Democratic Republic (1996-1999). She has also been deputy in the Bureau of International Counter-Narcotics and Law Programs (1999-2001), deputy chief of mission in the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur (1993-1996), director of press and public affairs for the Near East Bureau (1991-1993), director of global affairs and counter-terrorism at the National Security Council (1991-1993), and has held other positions in Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Zaire.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Chamberlin has an MS in education from Boston University and participated in the executive program at Harvard University. She also holds an honorary PhD from Northwestern University and meritorious awards from the U.S. State Department.