DAAD North America would like to congratulate Dr. Helena Kane Finn on her new role as a President of the DAAD Alumni Association of the USA!

Helena Kane Finn served as Vice President of the American Council on Germany from September 2010 to September 2017. A career diplomat of the US State Department, she served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin from 2007 to 2010, and as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 2003 until 2007.  From 2002 to 2003, she was the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.  Her seminal article on public diplomacy appeared in the November – December 2003 issue of Foreign Affairs.  In addition to this. Dr. Finn served as the Director of the Turkish Studies Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in 2002.

As Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from 2000-2001, Dr. Finn was responsible for the State Department’s global academic, professional and youth exchanges, including Fulbright and the International Visitor program. She also oversaw the Office of Cultural Heritage and Preservation.

Helena Kane Finn has served overseas as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1997 – 2000).  Prior to that, she was the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria (1995 – 1997).   She was the Public Affairs Officer and Director of the Amerika Haus in Frankfurt-Main, Germany (1992 – 1995).

She has been the Desk Officer for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (1989 – 1991), following cultural affairs tours in Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan (1984 – 1989).  Her first diplomatic assignment was to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1981 -1984).

Helena Kane Finn is married to former career diplomat Robert P. Finn, the U.S. Ambassador to Kabul, Afghanistan (2002 – 2003).  Ambassador Finn is affiliated with Princeton University. Their son Edward F. Finn is Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. His wife, Anna Humphreys Finn, is an attorney.  They have two children.