Amb. Ted Osius
President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council
Former ambassador Ted Osius is President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council.
A diplomat for thirty years, Ambassador Osius served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to
Vietnam. After his departure from government, Osius joined Google Asia-Pacific as Vice
President for Government Affairs and Public Policy. Earlier, he was a senior advisor at the
Albright-Stonebridge Group and the first Vice President of Fulbright University Vietnam. Osius
was associate professor at the National War College and Senior Fellow at the Center for
Strategic and International Studies.
As a diplomat, Osius served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Political
Minister-Counselor in New Delhi, India. Osius also served as deputy director of the Office of
Korean Affairs at the State Department, regional environment officer for Southeast Asia and the
Pacific, and senior advisor on Asia and trade to Vice President Al Gore. He also served in
Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and at the United Nations.
In October 2021, Osius published his most recent book, Nothing Is Impossible: America’s
Reconciliation with Vietnam and authored numerous articles on Foreign Service tradecraft and
Ambassador Osius earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from
Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an Honorary
Doctorate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education. He was the first U.S.
ambassador to receive the Order of Friendship from the President of Vietnam. He serves on the
Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Ambassador Osius speaks Vietnamese, French and Italian, and a bit of Japanese, Indonesian,
Hindi, Thai, Tagalog and Greek. He and his husband, Clayton Bond, have a son and a