As President and CEO of the US-New Zealand Council from 2004 through 2011, Mr. Mullen instituted the US-New Zealand Partnership Forum and led the Council’s part in support of the establishment of the Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus, as well as the US entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Mr. Mullen was inducted into the New Zealand Order of Merit as Officer (ONZM) in 2010 by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
Previously, Mr. Mullen served at high levels of the US Agency for International Development, including Deputy General Counsel, Acting General Counsel, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Democracy and Governance, and Assistant Administrator for private enterprise. In 1992-93, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Eagleburger for the reform and restructuring of US aid, trade, and investment programs for developing countries. Mr. Mullen achieved the highest rank of the Senior Executive Service and highest government honors, the Presidential Rank Distinguished Service Award, presented by President George H. W. Bush and a Presidential Rank Meritorious Award during the Reagan Administration.
Mr. Mullen is the former President and CEO of a $50 million non-profit venture capital fund for Romania and has practiced law in and out of government. He is Counselor to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and is on the Board of the CEELI (Central European & Eurasian Law Initiative) Institute, Prague.
Mr. Mullen is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received a Master of Comparative Law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, and a BS degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.