Foreign Service Officer
John Piletich is a decorated U.S. Foreign Service Officer serving at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. responsible for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) foreign policy in Europe and South-Central Asia. He is also the lead on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and Blockchain technology policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.
John combines a multifaceted international experience base with a proven ability to launch new initiatives to promote ICT policy frameworks enabling cross-border data flows, privacy, and Internet governance. He initiated and built the Economic Bureau’s strategic vision on Blockchain.
In 2019, John was awarded a Superior Honor Award by the Office of the Secretary of State for his work to establish a global consensus on Fifth Generation (5G) communications technology policy. In 2018, he served as Campaign Manager/Chair of the Elections Working Group that oversaw the successful U.S. Government campaign to elect Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin to a senior leadership position at the International Telecommunication Union, for which he was awarded a State Department Meritorious Honor Award.
John previously worked on strategic policy at the United Nations, including in Kosovo, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro. He speaks Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian fluently, has good knowledge of Macedonian and Bulgarian and a basic understanding of Greek.
He is married and has two children.