CHAIRMAN, CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
Greg Lebedev currently holds a portfolio that spans business, government, and philanthropy. He serves as Chairman of the publicly-funded Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. CIPE’s mission is to promote free-market institutions and economic reform throughout the world. Lebedev is a Senior Advisor to the CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world, and is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Lebedev is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Robertson Foundation for Government, a private family foundation that supports talented men and women wishing to pursue governmental careers in foreign policy, international affairs, and national security. He also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs media network.
Lebedev regularly advises on business strategy and international affairs and undertakes special projects involving trade, development, and global corporate governance. In 2008, Lebedev was President George W. Bush’s nominee to be US Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform (with the rank of Ambassador).
Before these assignments, Lebedev served as President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), where he represented the domestic and international interests of the $1.7 trillion global chemical and plastics industry. Prior to the ACC, Lebedev held a unique portfolio at the United States Chamber of Commerce. During his nearly five years of service, he was the Chamber’s COO and Executive Vice President for International Policy and National Security Affairs. In addition to running day-to-day operations, he was Managing Director of the Chamber’s public policy think tank, the National Chamber Foundation, and President of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, a governance and philanthropic resource of the business community.
Earlier, Lebedev was a Senior Partner of The Hay Group, then one of the largest international management consulting firms, after which he joined the American Trucking Association where he was Senior Vice President and CFO. Following the first Gulf War, as an independent consultant, Lebedev directed projects associated with the reconstruction of Kuwait and was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to be Inspector General of the Department of Defense.
Lebedev also held a number of senior governmental assignments. President Gerald Ford appointed him to the State Department post of Assistant Inspector General of Foreign Assistance/Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Before that, Lebedev served in the Bureau for Security and Consular Affairs and was one of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s youngest Deputy Assistant Secretaries. Prior to his State Department tour, Lebedev was Deputy Special Assistant to the President of the United States at The White House.
Lebedev earned a Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law of the University of South Dakota and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the same university. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.