Danny E. Sebright was appointed in June 2008 to the position of President of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, the leading advocate for building commercial relationships and expanding business opportunities between the two countries.
Since 2002, Mr. Sebright held the position of Vice President at
The Cohen Group, an international strategic consulting firm led by
former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Mr. Sebright was
responsible for new business development activities, client
management, and building the firm's Middle East and India practice
groups. Mr. Sebright will continue to be affiliated with The Cohen
Group as a Counselor.
Previously, Mr. Sebright served as the Defense Department's
Director of the Policy Executive Secretariat for the global war on
terrorism from 2001-2002, leading a team responsible for tracking
US and coalition actions related to the war on terrorism. During
this time, he also participated in oversight of Operation ENDURING
FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Operation NOBLE EAGLE, the defense of
the U.S. homeland. In this capacity, he was awarded the Department
of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his service to
Mr. Sebright also served in the Office of the Under Secretary
for Policy at DoD from 1995-2001, representing Department of
Defense positions with other executive-branch policy offices. He
conducted bilateral negotiations with foreign officials, including
providing the Defense Department policy perspective on the Middle
East Peace Process, regional arms sales, and counter-proliferation
initiatives. Mr. Sebright cultivated extensive contacts with
defense industry officials to coordinate and implement US foreign
military sales to Israel and many other countries in the Middle
East. Mr. Sebright received the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence
in International Security Policy for his work on the Middle East
Mr. Sebright began his career in government in 1985 with the
Defense Intelligence Agency, living and working extensively
overseas in numerous countries in the Middle East, India, Asia, and
Africa. Mr. Sebright is the recipient of various DIA and CIA
exceptional service awards for his accomplishments.
Mr. Sebright was sponsored by the Defense Department to attend
the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,
where he completed a year-long Mid-Career Master's Degree in Public
Administration in June of 2001. He earned his BA in International
Affairs from the George Washington University in 1984 and completed
the coursework for a Masters in National Security Policy in 1988.
Mr. Sebright speaks conversational French and basic German,
Russian, Chinese, and Hebrew.
Mr. Sebright resides in Washington, DC where he is active in
local community, arts, and church organizations. Mr. Sebright is a
member of the Dean's Alumni Leadership Council at the Harvard
Kennedy School of Government, of the Luther Place Memorial Church,
and of the Board of Directors of the Washington Ballet.