Peter Dien is a Rotary Peace Fellow from Rotary Club 7620 of Washington, DC. During his Rotary Applied Field Experience (AFE), Peter worked at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he explored themes of economics, trade and development between the U.S. and China. Peter became interested in exploring the intersection of economics and peace while enrolled in a course at Uppsala University titled “War and Development” taught by Håvard Hegre, a renowned scholar in the field. In class, he learned about the critical role that development, capital and infrastructure play in maintaining peaceful relationships among states.
Prior to enrolling in the Peace Fellowship program, Peter worked as an analyst for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, DC. In this role, he was responsible for providing emergency management and planning support for U.S. Diplomats across the region, and helped managed the bureau’s portfolio on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal law that allows U.S. citizens requested access to information from the federal government. Peter first began his career with the federal government in 2010 at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an intern and had worked on the implementation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act healthcare law. He later joined the department full-time and became the confidential assistant to the 18th United States Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, the nation’s top public health advisor appointed by President Obama. Peter was responsible for coordinating the Surgeon General’s public speaking engagements and managing high-level meetings for the office. He also worked in the office of the Center’s of Medicare and Medicaid Deputy Administrator, the federal government’s Medicaid program which insured health coverage to millions of Americans, including low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Finally, Peter has worked briefly at the United Nations Foundation, where he tracked and analyzed the foundation’s budgets for various campaigns related to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
Peter is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden. He is a graduate from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT where he received dual bachelors degrees in Economics and Behavioral Science. In his spare time, he enjoys tasting different coffee beans from around the world, health and fitness, and volunteering with underserved communities. Peter had spent considerable time working with rural farmers in Haiti on economic development opportunities, including water sanitation and agricultural issues, and recently in 2016, he had visited a Refugee Camp in Idomeni, Greece.