David H. Petraeus

General, U.S. Army Retired and Chairman of KKK Global Institute


Of Dutch heritage, former CIA director General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the post-9/11 era.

During his 37-year career in the U.S. Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq, for his oversight of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counter-insurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat; and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan.

A graduate with distinction from the United States Military Academy, he holds a PhD in international relations and economics from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is now a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He teaches at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College and the University of Southern California, is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, co-chairs the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Global Advisory Council, is a Senior Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council and seven veterans service organizations.

He has received numerous honors over the past decade, including the highest decoration of the Netherlands: the Knight Grand Cross with Swords of the Order of Orange-Nassau.


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