Ambassador Nicholas Platt is the Chairman of the USCET Advisory Council. Ambassador Platt has spent most of his life working on relations between the US and Asia. Thirty four years as a career diplomat, culminating in service as US Ambassador to Zambia (1982-1984), the Philippines (1987-1991) and Pakistan (1991-1992), was followed by twelve years as President of the Asia Society, beginning in 1992. He became President Emeritus following his retirement July 1, 2004.
Ambassador Platt's involvement with Asia began as a student of the Chinese language in Taiwan in the early sixties, and continued with Foreign Service assignments in Hong Kong (1964-68), Beijing (1973-74) and Tokyo (1974-77). In 1972 he accompanied President Nixon on the historic trip to Beijing that signaled the resumption of relations between the United States and China. He was one of the first members of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing when the United States established a mission there in 1973.
In the course of his government service, Ambassador Platt served in several capacities in Washington, including China analyst, Director of Japanese Affairs, National Security Council Staff Member for Asian Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (responsible for politico-military relations with Japan, Korea, China and Southeast Asia), Acting Assistant Secretary of State for UN Affairs (1981-1982), and Executive Secretary of the Department of State (1985-1987).
Born in 1936, Ambassador Platt graduated from Harvard College in 1957 and earned an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1959. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Scenic Hudson and of the Friends of China Heritage Fund Limited. Ambassador Platt and his wife Sheila have three grown sons: Adam, a writer; Oliver, an actor and Nicholas Jr., an investment banker; and eight grandchildren. His memoir China Boys was published in March 2010.