Speaker Bio - Theodore C. Sorensen
Theodore C. Sorensen, former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy and a widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs, practiced international law for over 36 years as a Senior Partner, and now Of Counsel, in the prominent U.S. law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Former chairman of the firm's International Practice Committee, he has represented U.S. and multinational corporations in negotiations with governments all over the world, and advised and assisted a large number of foreign governments and government leaders, ranging from the late President Sadat of Egypt to former President Mandela of South Africa.
Mr. Sorensen and his team at Paul, Weiss have advised U.S. corporations on factories in Russia and Africa, pipelines in the Caribbean and Latin America, and sales disputes in the Middle East and North America, and negotiated on their behalf with government officials at the highest level in dozens of countries. He has advised foreign corporations from five continents on investments in the United States and elsewhere, and foreign governments on problems with the World Bank, the United Nations, the United States government and foreign investors and on changes in their respective mining, petroleum, investment and election codes and constitutions.
On the Advisory Board of the Foreign Policy Leadership Council, a director of the Council on Foreign Relations (until 2004) and the Century Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and an honorary co-chair of the ABA Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession, Mr. Sorensen is the author of the 1965 book Kennedy, an international best seller, seven other books on the Presidency, politics or foreign policy, and numerous articles on those subjects in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and other publications. As an active figure in the Democratic Party, he has participated in nine of the last 12 Democratic Party National Conventions, and served in a number of governmental, political and civic posts. Appointed by President Clinton, he served on the Board of the Central Asian-American Enterprise Fund (covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) and the Commission on White House Fellows. He is experienced in the ways of Washington, the United Nations and multilateral (World Bank, IFC, etc.) and U.S. (AID, OPIC, etc.) financing institutions.
In 2002, Mr. Sorensen was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Sorensen, born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1928, graduated from the University of Nebraska and its College of Law. The father of four children, he is married to Gillian Martin Sorensen, a former New York City Commissioner, a former United Nations Under-Secretary General and current Senior Advisor and national advocate at the United Nations Foundation.