Nicholas Platt

Title: Consultant, Retired Ambassador, President Emeritus
Company: Asia Society
Location: New York, New York, United States

Nicholas Platt, Consultant, Retired Ambassador and President Emeritus of the Asia Society, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international relations and foreign policy.

With 45 years of professional experience, Mr. Platt began his career as a commissioned Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State in 1959. He then worked in the U.S. Consulate in Windsor, Canada, served as a Chinese language trainee in the Foreign Service Institute, and acted as a political officer and consulate general from 1964 to 1968 in the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. Mr. Platt worked for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the U.S. Department of State in numerous roles, eventually rising to the position of the director of staff before his departure in 1973. He was the first secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 1974 to 1977 and subsequently acted as the director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in the U.S. Department of State until 1978.

Mr. Platt continued his career with the U.S. Department of State until 1992, working as the U.S. ambassador to Zambia from 1982 to 1984 and as the U.S. ambassador to The Philippines from 1987 to 1991. He concluded his career with the department as the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan in Islamabad and transitioned to a position as the president of the Asia Society in New York City, which he held from 1992 to 2004. In his retirement, Mr. Platt has held the designation of a president emeritus with the Asia Society for 15 years, and in 2010 he authored “China Boys.” He has contributed his expertise as a consultant in his field since 2005 and has worked as a senior advisor to the Philadelphia Orchestra China Programs since 2011.

In preparation for his career, Mr. Platt attended Harvard University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1957. He continued his academic pursuits at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, receiving a Master of Arts in 1959. He maintains affiliation with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and has been recognized for his achievements with numerous awards and honors, including the Lifetime Award from the Chinese Cultural Foundation in 2018, the Wilbur Carr Award in 1992 and two Distinguished Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State in 1987 and 1991. As a further testament to his success and stature, Mr. Platt has been selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who in America: Student Version, the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the East, and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Politics and Who’s Who in the World.

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