Nicholas Platt


  • President Emeritus, Asia Society
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Philippines, and Zambia

President Emeritus, Asia Society; former US Amb to the Philippines & Pakistan.Nicholas Platt is one of America's most distinguished Asia experts. Having worked as both a diplomat in the US Foreign Service and in the non-governmental sector as the president of the Asia Society, he is knowledgeable of both US policy towards Asia and domestic politics within Asia. Amb Platt began his thirty-four year Foreign Service career with assignments in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and culminated with service as the US Ambassador to the Philippines and Pakistan.

In 1972 he accompanied President Nixon on the historic trip to Beijing that signaled the resumption of relations between the United States and China. In 1992, Amb Platt assumed the presidency of the Asia Society, a position he held until 2004. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and a director of Fiduciary Trust Company International.