Dr. Daniel P. Ahn

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Acting Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Economist
Term of Appointment: 04/2015 to present

Dr. Daniel P. Ahn is the acting Chief Economist (an Assistant Secretary-level position) at the U.S. Department of State, where he leads on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. foreign policy, including global economic growth, financial stability, economic and financial sanctions, international trade, and energy. He also represents the Department at numerous bilateral and multilateral fora on economic and security issues.

He is also a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches graduate courses on energy economics, infrastructure and project finance, and the economics of conflict and national security.

Before entering public service, Dr. Ahn was the chief economist for commodities at Citigroup in New York, and also held senior positions at Citadel, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers.

He has also held research and teaching positions at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Monetary Fund.

He is the author of numerous academic research articles, testimony before U.S. Congress, and a forthcoming economics textbook. He was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in Finance. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He completed his A.B. in economics and finance with honors from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.