John Maresca, born in Italy, is a former United States diplomat, business executive, peace negotiator and educator whose career has included positions as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO at the US Defense Department, Director of Western European Affairs in the State Department, European postings including Minister at the US Embassy in Paris, and U.S. Ambassador for mediation of conflicts in Cyprus and Nagorno Karabakh.
Maresca was Chef de Cabinet for two Secretaries General of NATO, Deputy Head of the US Delegation which negotiated the Helsinki Final Act, signed at the summit in Helsinki in 1975, and Ambassador and Head of the US Delegation which negotiated the “Charter of Paris for a New Europe,” and the “Joint Declaration of Twenty-Two States,” the two documents signed at the Paris Summit of 1990 which formally closed the Cold War and set Europe on a new path of cooperation and dialogue.
He was sent by President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State James Baker as a special ambassador to open US relations with each of the newly-independent states following the break-up of the USSR.
Upon leaving the State Department Maresca was President of the Open Media Research Institute (OMRI) in Prague, and Vice President for International Relations of the California and Houston-based energy company Unocal.
He was Rector of the United Nations University for Peace, in Costa Rica, from 2007-2013, and now advises the Rector of the newly-established ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan. He founded the Business Humanitarian Forum in Geneva in 1999, and lectures around the world on business, energy and international security issues.
Maresca is a graduate of Yale University, pursued post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics, and later completed his Doctorate in International Relations. He served as a US naval officer and has published widely on issues of international security, energy, and responsible business development.