Title: Director Emeritus
Company: Peterson Institute for International Economics
Location: Annandale, Virginia, United States
Fred Bergsten, PhD, Director Emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics.
With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Bergsten has been recognized as director emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2012, having been a senior fellow and the founding director since 1981. Prior to obtaining these roles, he was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace in 1981 and an assistant secretary for the Treasury for International Affairs. From 1971 to 1976, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and from 1969 to 1971 he was an assistant for international economic affairs at the National Security Council. Earlier in his career, he was a visiting fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations from 1967 to 1968 and an international economist for the Department of State from 1963 to 1967.
Dr. Bergsten first pursued an education with Central Methodist University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1961. He then joined the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, completing a Master of Arts in 1962 and a second Master of Arts in law and diplomacy in 1963. He continued his studies with the school, earning a PhD in 1969. He later returned to Central Methodist College, receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters in 1995.
A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Bergsten has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. A member of the Trilateral Commission Executive Committee, he has served on the boards of directors of the Consumers Union of the United States, Inc., the Overseas Development Council, and the United States-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation. A former faculty member of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, he served on the board of curators of Central Methodist College and on the editorial board of Foreign Affairs. He is an honorary fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Economic Association.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bergsten has been recognized for his contributions, including having been named Swedish American of the Year. He was the recipient of the First Class of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit and the Ganghwa Medal from the Government of Korea, and the Federal Republic of Germany gave him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. He received the World Trade Award from the National Foreign Trade Council, the Royal Order of the Polar Star from the Government of Sweden, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Fletcher School.
Dr. Bergstein also received the French Legion of Honor and the Exceptional Service Award from the Treasury Department. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Central Methodist College and the Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State. As a testament to his success, he has been inducted into the Halls of Fame at Fletcher School, New Rochelle High School, and Farmington High School.
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