A Peter Burleigh
Los Angeles native and bow-tie wearing Ambassador-designate A Peter Burleigh is a distinguished career U.S. Foreign Service officer who served as Ambassador and Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations before he retired after 33 years of service in August 2000. Prior to his U.N. post, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives (1995-1997).
Ambassador Burleigh held a number of senior positions at the State Department and served in United States embassies in Nepal, Bahrain, and India, as well as Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Burleigh received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University, served in the Peace Corps (1963-1965) in Nepal, doing community development work in the far west of that country, and spent a year on a Fulbright scholarship in Nepal. Ambassador Burleigh speaks Bengali and Hindi. He is the first US Ambassador to India to be fluent in the language. He lived Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a number of years and served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami.
Burleigh was posted in New Delhi from April to July 2009 as charge d'affairs in the US Embassy New Delhi.