Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins
Brookings Institution and the University of Pennsylvania Perry World House
Ambassador Dr. Bonnie Jenkins served as the State Department's Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN/TR) during 2009-2017. She was the State Department lead on the Nuclear Security Summit, and she coordinated State Department activities related to the 4-year effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material. She was also the U.S. Representative to the G7 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Ambassador Jenkins coordinated Department of State Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programs as well as a number of interagency CTR programs to help ensure a coordinated U.S. approach when promoting these programs internationally. She also worked closely with non-governmental organizations engaged in CTR activities and with foreign government and multilateral initiatives dedicated to threat reduction. Ambassador Jenkins engaged in an active program for outreach to various U.S. and international NGOs, think tanks and research institutes as a means to determine ways in which they can work on promoting the overall goals of the global threat reduction program.
Ambassador Jenkins was a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. During her years at Belfer, she also served as an advisor at Harvard Law School's Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising. She received a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia; an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center; an MPA from the State University of New York at Albany; a J.D. from Albany Law School; and a BA from Amherst College. She also attended The Hague Academy for International Law.
Ambassador Jenkins has an expertise and continuing engagement in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and its action plans. In addition to promoting the biosecurity and multi-sector aspects of the GHSA, she led the GHSA outreach efforts to non-governmental organizations and other sectors. Part of that work included outreach to colleges and universities in the USA and globally.
Ambassador Jenkins kindly agreed to give at the International Conference in Jordan a Plenary Keynote presentation entitled: "Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA): A Multi-sectoral and Multi-Society Partnership"