Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani is President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and an Adjunct Professor at Missouri State University, Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. Most recently, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Director of the National Counter Proliferation Center (NCPC) and before that, the North Korea Mission Manager for the ODNI. Prior to his work at the ODNI, Ambassador DeTrani served at the Department of State as the Special Envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea, with the rank of Ambassador, and as the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO). Before his service at State Department, he served at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as the Director for East Asia, Director for Europe, Director of Technical Services, Director of Public Affairs, Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center, and Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), Bill Casey. Ambassador DeTrani served numerous tours abroad, in China, Taiwan, Burma, South Korea, Hong Kong and Iran. Some of the awards he received include: the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Donovan Award and the Commandant's Award.
Ambassador DeTrani speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and French and received his bachelor's degree (with honors) from New York University (NYU). He attended the NYU School of Law and the Graduate School of Business Administration. He has a certificate in Chinese from the State Department Foreign Language School in Taiwan and completed the Harvard University Senior Manager's Program in National Security.