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Aleshia Duncan serves as the deputy assistant secretary for International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation in the Office of Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. 

She has worked in various capacities in the international nuclear energy policy arena both domestically and abroad. Domestically, she has served a foreign affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, supporting the Office of Nuclear Energy, managing bilateral and multilateral relationships on several continents.

Ms. Duncan has also completed two overseas posts. In 2016, she joined the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in France, as the policy adviser to the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC), where she coordinated the policies and programs of its 65 member countries and four international organizations with the common goal of the safe, reliable use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. She continued in that role in 2017 in addition to serving as the director general’s senior advisor for multilateral coordination and secretary of the NEA Steering Committee until her departure at the end of 2018.

From October 2010 to December 2013, Ms. Duncan was posted at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan as the director for nuclear operations and served as a diplomat in the capacity of energy attaché. Ms. Duncan had the opportunity to liaise with the government of Japan regularly before, during and after its change in nuclear policies and was awarded the Secretary’s Honor Award for her efforts in supporting the coordination of the United States crisis response.

Ms. Duncan also has an extensive background in human resources in the areas of employee and labor relations, performance management, employee discipline and contract negotiation and administration.

Ms. Duncan holds a bachelor of arts in international relations from Pennsylvania State University and a master of arts in community counseling from Trinity University in Washington, DC.

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