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Ambassador
Name: 
David Huebner
Chair, Membership Advisory Committee
Independent Arbitrator, Huebner Arbitration & Former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand & Samoa

Expertise

China & East Asia
Foreign Policy & Diplomacy
Palm Springs, CA
United States

Ambassador (r.) David Huebner has held senior positions in the Asia Pacific region, including as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, chairman & CEO of an international law firm, founding chief representative of a firm in Shanghai, and special policy assistant to a member of Japan’s Diet. He is a graduate of Princeton University (summa cum laude) and Yale Law School.

As Ambassador, he was honored for innovative statecraft, social media communication, science & technology policy efforts, and whole of society outreach. He was the first openly LGBT person confirmed as Ambassador by the Senate, and the Smithsonian Institution has taken certain of his materials into its permanent collection of American history.

As a legal professional, he has more than two decades of experience handling cross-border disputes, is on the panels of approved arbitrators of the principal international arbitral institutions, and has handled more than 100 arbitrations in three dozen jurisdictions around the world. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland University of Technology’s Faculty of Business and Law, a licensed solicitor in England & Wales, and a member of the Bars of California, NY, and DC.

Ambassador Huebner is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught international law, policy, and dispute resolution at universities in China, Germany, New Zealand, and the U.S. He served as chair of the California Law Revision Commission under Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger and has a long history of civic engagement. He sits on numerous boards, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation, Swiss International Law School, Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, USC Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy, and UCLA Williams Institute.

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