David A. Hamburg is DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is president emeritus at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he served as president from 1982 to 1997. A medical doctor, Hamburg has a long history of leadership in the research, medical and psychiatric fields. He has been a professor at Stanford University and Harvard University, president of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He was a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board with Secretary of Defense William Perry and co-chair with former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict.
He was a member of President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Most recently, Hamburg chaired two parallel committees at the United Nations and European Union on the prevention of genocide – one reporting directly to the UN secretary-general and the other to Javier Solana, secretary-general of the Council of the European Union.
Hamburg also serves on the board of the Carter Center, the advisory board of the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations, the advisory council of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, the Harvard International Advisory Council and is distinguished presidential advisor on International Affairs, National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of a number of books including Preventing Genocide: Practical Steps Toward Early Detection and Effective Action. An educational documentary based on the book was completed in the spring of 2009 and an updated edition of the book was published in the spring of 2010.
Dr. Hamburg has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States).