From 1992 to 1995, Ambassador Burt was a partner with McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. Ambassador Burt came to McKinsey after successfully concluding a nuclear arms treaty as the US Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the former Soviet Union.
Prior to this, Ambassador Burt was US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1985 to 1989. Before Ambassador Burt served in Germany, he worked at the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian affairs from 1983 to 1985. From 1981 to 1983, Ambassador Burt was the Director of Politico-military Affairs in the Department of State.
From 1977 to 1980, Ambassador Burt worked in Washington as the National Security Correspondent for The New York Times. From 1973 to 1977, he worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, first as a Research Associate and then as Assistant Director.
Ambassador Burt serves on the board of Deutsche Bank’s closed-end fund group and is also a trustee of the UBS family of mutual funds (New York board).
Ambassador Burt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Center for the National Interest, and a member of the executive board of the Atlantic Council. Ambassador Burt serves as Chairman of Global Zero USA, an organization focused on developing a viable plan for eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide.
Ambassador Burt earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University and his master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Upon receiving his MA, he was selected to participate as an advanced Research Fellow at the US Naval War College.