Diana Lady Dougan

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Diana Lady Dougan "has served in senior policy and management positions for more than three decades, including appointments to Senate-confirmed positions by both Republican and Democratic presidents. She is chairman of the Cyber Century Forum and cochair of the governing board of the Center for Information Infrastructure and Economic Development, based in Beijing under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She serves on a number of boards and commissions dealing with diverse aspects of public policy or technology and founded the Global Information Infrastructure Commission in cooperation with the World Bank. From 1982 to 1988, as the first statutory U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy, Dougan spearheaded international negotiations and policies involving telecom, broadcast, and information technology services on behalf of 14 federal agencies and served administratively as assistant secretary of state. She holds the permanent rank of ambassador. Early in her career, Dougan was the first CATV marketing director for Time, Inc., and an award-winning TV producer. She received her undergraduate degree in industrial psychology from the University of Maryland. Additional studies include the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University." [1]

"As the first statutory U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy and administratively as Assistant Secretary of State from 1982-88, Ambassador Dougan oversaw the international telecom, broadcast and information technology policy interests of over a dozen federal agencies...

"Ambassador Dougan continues to provide leadership in a diversity of government-industry initiatives involving technology, policy and application issues internationally. She chaired the first major IT government-industry forums for EU-US, Japan-US, Korea-US, the US State Department Blue Ribbon Task Force on Telecommunications and Broadcasting in Eastern Europe, the first post-Soviet era Ministerial on Telecommunications (all NIS country ministers participated), and the first International Summit on Globalizing E-commerce (hosted by the PRC). As founder of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) in cooperation with the World Bank in 1994, she spearheaded the first major international initiative to strengthen private sector leadership and developing country involvement in advancing information technologies and services in fostering sustainable development. Current boards or international advisory positions include: Qualcomm, Panacea Pharmaceutical, Fortis, Centillium, U of California’s Graduate School of International Relations, World Affairs Council, Toyota Motor Corp, IREX, the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor International Advisory Panel, Schools Online, the new MIT Journal on Information Technology and International Development, the Congressionally mandated Advisory Group on US Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World.

"Early in her career, Ambassador Dougan worked in commercial, cable and public broadcasting. At age twenty-three she became Time Inc.’s youngest executive and first CATV Marketing Director (now TimeWarner-AOL). Under appointments by President Ford and again by President Carter as a Director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, she worked on the development of the first U.S. TV broadcast satellite network and innovative public radio and TV program initiatives. Ambassador Dougan is an award winning television producer including The Nutcracker and the PBS/NPR special: The MX Debate with Bill Moyers (winning the 1981 Peabody Award “for excellence in broadcast journalism”). Other media activities have included Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board Christian Science Monitor TV, a co-founder of the International Media Fund, and the organizing committee of the Sundance Institute...

"Her husband, J. Lynn Dougan, is an economist. " [2]

Resources and articles


  1. Diana Lady Dougan, Center for Strategic and International Studies, accessed July 28, 2007.
  2. Diana Lady Dougan, Middle East Center, accessed January 17, 2011.
  3. Board of Directors, World Affairs Council, accessed July 28, 2007.
  4. Board of Directors, Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, accessed September 1, 2007.
  5. Commissioners, Global Information Infrastructure Commission, accessed January 17, 2011.