Molly K. Williamson is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a consultant, and frequent guest lecturer, where she speaks extensively on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy, and US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Ms. Williamson was a foreign service officer who served six presidents and achieved the rank of career minister. She was the senior foreign policy advisor to the energy secretary (2005-2008) with global responsibilities at the nexus of foreign policy and energy policy. As deputy assistant secretary of commerce (1999-2004), Williamson was responsible for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa, advancing trade relations with 86 countries with a trade portfolio valued at over $120 billion per year.
Ms. Williamson was principal deputy, then acting assistant secretary of state (1996-1999), International Organizations Bureau, responsible for the policy and programs affecting UN Security Council matters, peacekeeping, and humanitarian operations.
She has had numerous postings in the Middle East, including chief of mission and consul general in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process (1991-1993), which culminated in the Oslo Accords. She has been trained in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Williamson, a native of California, has been awarded two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, and numerous other awards.