David Lambertson was the United States Ambassador to Thailand from 1991 to 1995. His Foreign Service career also included assignments in Vietnam, Indonesia, France, Japan, England, Australia and Korea. In Washington, Lambertson was Deputy Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs, Director of the Office of Korean Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for Southeast Asia. He was Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Kansas (KU) in 1990-91, and following his retirement from the Foreign Service returned there in 1996 as its Director of International Development for three years. More recently he has been an adjunct professor at KU, and a part-time representative in North Korea of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), which is building two nuclear power plants there under the terms of the 1994 agreement between Washington and Pyongyang. Lambertson is a native of Kansas and a graduate of the University of Redlands.
David Lambertson is currently the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs at Claremont McKenna College. Lambertson's lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.