Ambassador Daniel Feldman is a partner in the international trade practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, focused on US national security law, international regulatory compliance and global public policy. The Ambassador joined Akin Gump after serving as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), where he actively shaped the Obama Administration’s policies for the region.
As special representative in 2014-2015, he was the key diplomatic strategist for policy formulation and implementation. Amb. Feldman also created and managed the International Contact Group, a group of more than 50 countries most engaged in Afghanistan, and engaged frequently with key countries in the region. Amb. Feldman has been awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by Secretary Kerry in 2015, and the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary Clinton in 2013.
His government experience includes serving as director of multilateral and humanitarian affairs at the National Security Council in the Clinton administration and as counsel and communications adviser to the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He helped to found and served on the board of the DC-based National Security Network, a nonprofit foreign policy organization focusing on international relations, global affairs, and national security. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has appeared frequently in the media, including BBC, NPR, CNN and FOX News Channel. He has been appointed a White House Fellow and a Henry Luce Scholar, and was a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and on the South African Supreme (Constitutional) Court.