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John J. Maresca

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Ambassador John J. Maresca "is President of the Business Humanitarian Forum, a worldwide non-profit association based in Geneva, Switzerland, which encourages mutual support among businesses and humanitarian organizations. Maresca has been a senior business executive and continues to advise companies on their corporate responsibility programs. Ambassador Maresca has led a number of non-profit organizations focused on conflict resolution and research activities, and was a Guest Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington. During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Maresca served as the United States representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as a special mediator for conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh and Cyprus, and as the chief American negotiator for Military Confidence and Security-Building Measures. He negotiated the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 as well as the 1990 Charter of Paris for a New Europe and the Joint Declaration of Twenty-Two States, the two documents that formally ended the Cold War and converted the OSCE to a post-Cold War role. Ambassador Maresca was sent as a Special Envoy to open U.S. relations with the newly independent states from the former Soviet Union. He has also served as an Assistant Secretary of Defense. Ambassador Maresca has published numerous books, chapters and articles, and has lectured in over 30 countries." [1]

He is also a director of the American Iranian Council. In 1999 he was a director of IREX.

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