Dr Kurt Campbell
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Kurt Campbell was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC on 18 June 2013.
He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Asia Group LLC, a strategic advisory and investment group specialising in the Asia Pacific region.
From 2009 to 2013, Kurt served as the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Here, he is widely credited as being a key architect of the 'pivot to Asia' policy. Kurt was a central figure in advancing the US-China relationship, building stronger ties to Asian allies, and in the opening up of Myanmar. In acknowledgment of his contributions he was awarded the US Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013, the highest diplomatic honour.
Previously, Kurt was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security. From 2003 to 2009 he was the founder and Chairman of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm focused on Asia. Prior to that, he served in several capacities in the US government. This includes Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Affairs, and Director on the National Security Council Staff in the White House. He was also an Associate Professor at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government.
Kurt holds a B.A. in science, technology and public affairs from the University of California. He also holds a Certificate in music and political philosophy from the University of Erevan in Soviet Armenia, and a Doctorate in international relations from Brasenose College, Oxford. He was a Post Doctoral and Graduate Research Fellow at Harvard University. He is married with three daughters and lives in Washington, D.C.