Edith Bursac

Edith Bursac

Assistant Director of International Management and Operations

[email protected]
Vienna, Austria


Edith Bursac is Assistant Director of International Management and Operations at CNS, where she manages and directs the core infrastructure, including general administration, domestic and international operations, technology and facilities and functions as the key operational planning liaison between the Center’s multiple offices in Monterey, California; Washington, DC; and Vienna, Austria. In addition, she serves as the Center’s conference and protocol strategist and is responsible for directing and monitoring the successful conception, planning, and delivery of internal and external conferences, bilateral and multilateral meetings, roundtable workshops, and technical training seminars involving high-level US and foreign dignitaries, diplomats, scholars, corporate executives, and other VIP guests and honorees. She also acts as primary focal point for protocol activities with Permanent Missions to the United Nations, International Organizations, foreign ministries, embassies, and other relevant authorities.

Before coming to Monterey, she worked at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Protocol and Diplomacy International— Protocol Officers’ Association (PDI-POA) and speaks several European languages. She is originally from Graz, Austria.


Ms. Bursac earned her BA in International Relations, with distinction, from the American University in Washington, DC. She also holds an MA in International Policy Studies with a specialization in International Security and an MBA in Global Impact Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Ms. Bursac also earned certificates in UN Protocol from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Conference and Meeting Management from San Francisco State University.


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  • “Jihadist Capabilities and the Diffusion of Knowledge,” (with Sammy Salama) in Gary Ackerman and Jeremy Tamsett, eds., Jihadists and Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Growing Threat, Taylor & Francis (Auerbach Publications), December 2008.