From the Killing Fields to the White House
Former Ambassador, United Nations
Sichan Siv is the international bestselling author of Golden Bones, an American dream story, published by HarperCollins. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as a United States ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv addressed the 60th anniversary of the U.N. in San Francisco.
From 1989 to 1993, Ambassador Siv served at the White House as deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush and as deputy assistant secretary of State. In the private sector, he has held positions in social services, educational exchange, financial management, and investment banking. He provides global strategic advice and gives motivational speeches around the United States and the world.
Ambassador Siv holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He escaped Cambodia’s killing fields in 1976 and was resettled as a refugee in Wallingford, Connecticut. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the “George H.W. Bush Award for Outstanding Public Service” and from the Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture, and History. He and his wife, the former Martha Pattillo of Pampa, Texas, spend their time in San Antonio, New York, and beyond.
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Ambassador Siv has a pilot’s license and volunteers for the Civil Air Patrol and Volunteers in Airport Policing in his free time.