Ambassador Philip S. Kosnett retired from the State Department in 2021 following a career representing the United States in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In senior assignments including Ambassador to Kosovo and acting/deputy ambassador in Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Iceland, he developed a record of success as a strategist, negotiator, and leader. Since leaving federal service, he has taken on roles in consulting, policy analysis, higher education, and humanitarian crisis response. He has also recently re-embraced his first career, from his student days, as a boardgame designer.
Phil and his wife Alison, a development expert with extensive international experience, are also involved in the humanitarian effort to evacuate and resettle endangered Afghans. The Kosnetts have an adult son and daughter and share their North Carolina home with rescue dogs from Kosovo and Uzbekistan.