Timothy M. Carney, Ambassador of the United States (Ret.)

Sep 30, 2016 Board Director

Timothy Carney specializes in conflict and stabilization across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Haiti, and parts of the Middle East. He worked, from February 2011 to February 2013 as, Executive Vice President of the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund which centered on the economic recovery of Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake.


Retired in 2000 after 32 years in the Foreign Service of the United States, he is regularly called back to service: he spent six months in Afghanistan in 2009 leading a U.S. government team to support the elections there. He spent four months with the Department of State as Coordinator for Economic Transition in Baghdad in 2007, and was with the first civilian mission in Iraq in 2003 as occupation authority in the Ministry of Industry & Minerals. He served as U. S. Charge d’Affaires to Haiti from August 2005 to February 2006, and then as Interim Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization in the Office of the Secretary of State for two months.

On active service, Carney was Ambassador to Haiti from 1998-2000 and before that Ambassador to Sudan. He was earlier Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, and a Director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff.


Ambassador Carney served with international peacekeeping efforts after witnessing the 1991 signing of the Paris Agreements by Cambodian factions. He became Director of Information and Education of the UN Transitional Authority (UNTAC 1992-93); then was a Special Political Advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, first in Somalia (UNOSOM II 1993), and next in South Africa (UNOMSA 1994) for the elections that ended apartheid.

Earlier State Department postings also centered on countries in conflict: Saigon at the time of the Tet Offensive; Cambodia for the 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover; Lesotho for the cancellation of elections and declaration of a State of Emergency in 1970; and South Africa for the 1986 crisis of apartheid. He served in Thailand in the late 70s – early 80s at a time of domestic political turmoil, and monitored the Thai-Cambodian border as the Vietnamese invaded, destroying the Khmer Rouge regime, and during the resulting Cambodian refugee emergency.

After retiring, Ambassador Carney entered the private sector as a consultant on national security strategy, conflict resolution and crisis management. He has facilitated seminars on National Security Planning in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and South Asia.


Born in Missouri in 1944, Ambassador Carney graduated from MIT in 1966 and later did advanced studies on Southeast Asia at Cornell. He speaks fluent Cambodian, French and good Thai. He is married to journalist/author Victoria Butler and has a daughter.


Member, American Academy of Diplomacy, and member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, Washington, DC

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Haiti Democracy Project, Washington, DC 2003-2005

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 2006

Life Member of the wildlife and environment societies of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and of Safari Club International.

Life Member of the Siam Society

Support for the MIT alumni fund is an active charity.