Appointments and Resignations

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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Haris Hrle?

In 2005, Hrle moved to the embassy in Vienna, Austria and served as chargé d’affaires, becoming ambassador in 2008. While he was in charge there, a Bosnian general, Jovan Divjak, who had been accused of war crimes by Serbia, was arrested in Vienna. Divjak was eventually released without being extradited to Serbia. Hrle returned home in 2011 to work in the ministry’s office of public relations. In 2013, he was made ambassador to Saudi Arabia with responsibility for Oman and Yemen as well.   read more

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ralph Thomas?

Thomas worked at the Bank of New York for 22 years, eventually serving as vice president and regional manager. Beginning in 2004, he worked independently in the banking industry. He took time out in 2007 to run for parliament in Jamaica. He was the candidate of the People’s National Party, but lost. In 2010 he returned to the University of the West Indies as a senior teaching fellow in the Mona School of Business and Management. Thomas was tapped in 2013 to be Jamaica’s ambassador to China.   read more

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is François Balumuene?

Balumuene served in 2000 as diplomatic and administrative assistant to the deputy commissioner general of the Government for MONUC Affairs, in charge of finance, logistics and foreign policy for the UN peacekeeping effort in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Later that year, he was made chargé d’affaires at the embassy to South Africa in Pretoria. In 2003, Balumuene was sent to India as his country’s ambassador. He then became dean of New Delhi’s diplomatic corps.   read more

The Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hendrik Jan Schuwer?

The first assignment was as deputy permanent representative to the EU, then in 2007 he was made director of the private office of the secretary general of NATO. He returned to The Hague briefly in 2009 for a stint as director of the ministry’s North Africa and Middle East department, but was back in Brussels the following year, this time as ambassador to Belgium, where he served until being sent to Washington.   read more

Finland’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Kirsti Kauppi?

In 2003, she went to Berlin as the deputy chief of mission in Finland’s embassy there. In 2005, she moved to Vienna as ambassador to Austria and to serve as her country’s representatives to the United Nation organizations there. During that time, she also served for three years as the Finnish Governor on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors. In 2008, she was elected vice-chair of the agency.   read more

Romania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is George Cristian Maior?

In 2006 Maior was tapped to head the Romanian Intelligence Service. In 2015, in that capacity, he supported proposals to retain data and personal information on Romanian citizens. He resigned after the country’s high court rejected those proposals. Shortly thereafter, Maior was given the job in Washington. One of the goals Maior is pursuing is to have Romania accepted as a participant in the U.S. visa waiver program, which would make it easier for Romanians to come to the United States.   read more

Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wilson Masilingi?

Masilingi attended a UN conference on biodiversity in 1992 and was one of the representatives from smaller nations who accused the U.S. of blocking their proposals to protect the environment. He was brought into the government in 1998 as the minister for good governance, where he investigated corruption and fraud in government and business. Masilingi was named his country’s first ambassador to the Netherlands in 2013, where he served until assuming the post in Washington.   read more

Belize’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pat Andrews?

While running Scotiabank’s operations in Belize, Andrews was involved in several charities benefiting the country’s children. In 2007, he was named Canada’s honorary consul in Belize. In 2014, Andrews was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to community and banking. His nephew, Patrick Jason Andrews, is also involved in the country’s politics but as a senator in the rival Peoples United Party, and was a television host.   read more

Kosovo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Vlora Çitaku?

Çitaku was made Kosovo’s minister of European Integration in 2010 and worked on settling differences with Serbia. She also worked to improve women’s rights in her country and increase their role in government. In 2014, she came to the U.S. to be Kosovo’s consul general in New York. There, she worked to get Kosovo membership in the U.N. Despite her long career, Çitaku is as likely to show up in her country’s gossip magazines as newspapers because of her striking appearance.   read more

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hamdullah Mohib?

Mohib was responsible for the creation of community service programming to recognize the achievements of Afghan women, and to support special-needs orphans living in Kabul. He worked for the American University of Afghanistan, both as its IT director and a teacher of IT classes. He also served in President Ghani’s campaign as his social media “guru” and subsequently as his deputy chief of staff. Mohib and his wife Lael have written articles together on Afghan political issues.   read more

Denmark’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Lars Gert Lose?

Part of Lose’s duties since arriving in the U.S. includes explaining Danish policies mentioned in the course of the U.S. presidential campaign. He commented on Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ statement that he would like to see the U.S. economy be more like Denmark’s. “It goes without saying, of course without interfering in the U.S. political debate, that we welcome any positive mention of Denmark,” Lose said. “Denmark has a lot to offer in terms of how we organize our society.”   read more

Ambassador to El Salvador: Who Is Jean E. Manes?

Manes was principal officer in the consulate in Azores, where she helped negotiate the U.S. military presence in those islands. She then was named cultural affairs officer in an embassy in Brazil, where she helped develop an English teaching strategy in the run-up to the World Cup and Olympic Games. She returned to Washington in 2010 as staff director in the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for Public Affairs. In 2012, she served a tour as counselor for public affairs in Afghanistan.   read more

Ambassador to Luxembourg: Who Is David McKean?

In 2012, McKean went to work at the State Dept. as senior advisor to then-Secretary Hillary Clinton for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The review is a joint effort of the State Dept. and U.S. Agency for International Development that identifies global trends that could result in opportunities or threats. Later that year, McKean reunited with John Kerry, by this time Secretary of State, as his Director of Policy Planning, where he served until his nomination as Ambassador.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy: Who Is John Kotek?

While at Gallatin, in 2010 Kotek was named staff director of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, a group studying nuclear waste disposal. He was criticized by some in the nuclear community for recommending Mary Woollen, executive director of Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free, to serve on the panel. Kotek returned to the federal government in January 2015 as principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Nuclear Energy, a post he held until being made acting director.   read more

First Woman Appointed to Lead Warfighting Command

The Senate has confirmed an Air Force general to be the first female officer to lead one of the military’s warfighting commands. By voice vote late Thursday, the Senate approved Gen. Lori Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. The command is responsible for preventing attacks against the United States.   read more

Ambassador to Slovakia: Who Is Adam Sterling?

Before joining the State Dept in 1990, Sterling worked in New York City as a liaison officer in the mayor’s office to the U.N. and consular corps. His first Foreign Service posting was in Peru. In 1993, Sterling was sent to Belgium, but returned to the U.S. in 1995 to be a desk officer for Central Asian affairs, a region he would focus on through much of his career. Sterling was assigned in 1998 as a political officer in Kazakhstan, then in 2001 took a similar post in Tel Aviv, Israel.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

1 to 16 of about 1268 News
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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Haris Hrle?

In 2005, Hrle moved to the embassy in Vienna, Austria and served as chargé d’affaires, becoming ambassador in 2008. While he was in charge there, a Bosnian general, Jovan Divjak, who had been accused of war crimes by Serbia, was arrested in Vienna. Divjak was eventually released without being extradited to Serbia. Hrle returned home in 2011 to work in the ministry’s office of public relations. In 2013, he was made ambassador to Saudi Arabia with responsibility for Oman and Yemen as well.   read more

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ralph Thomas?

Thomas worked at the Bank of New York for 22 years, eventually serving as vice president and regional manager. Beginning in 2004, he worked independently in the banking industry. He took time out in 2007 to run for parliament in Jamaica. He was the candidate of the People’s National Party, but lost. In 2010 he returned to the University of the West Indies as a senior teaching fellow in the Mona School of Business and Management. Thomas was tapped in 2013 to be Jamaica’s ambassador to China.   read more

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is François Balumuene?

Balumuene served in 2000 as diplomatic and administrative assistant to the deputy commissioner general of the Government for MONUC Affairs, in charge of finance, logistics and foreign policy for the UN peacekeeping effort in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Later that year, he was made chargé d’affaires at the embassy to South Africa in Pretoria. In 2003, Balumuene was sent to India as his country’s ambassador. He then became dean of New Delhi’s diplomatic corps.   read more

The Netherlands’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hendrik Jan Schuwer?

The first assignment was as deputy permanent representative to the EU, then in 2007 he was made director of the private office of the secretary general of NATO. He returned to The Hague briefly in 2009 for a stint as director of the ministry’s North Africa and Middle East department, but was back in Brussels the following year, this time as ambassador to Belgium, where he served until being sent to Washington.   read more

Finland’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Kirsti Kauppi?

In 2003, she went to Berlin as the deputy chief of mission in Finland’s embassy there. In 2005, she moved to Vienna as ambassador to Austria and to serve as her country’s representatives to the United Nation organizations there. During that time, she also served for three years as the Finnish Governor on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors. In 2008, she was elected vice-chair of the agency.   read more

Romania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is George Cristian Maior?

In 2006 Maior was tapped to head the Romanian Intelligence Service. In 2015, in that capacity, he supported proposals to retain data and personal information on Romanian citizens. He resigned after the country’s high court rejected those proposals. Shortly thereafter, Maior was given the job in Washington. One of the goals Maior is pursuing is to have Romania accepted as a participant in the U.S. visa waiver program, which would make it easier for Romanians to come to the United States.   read more

Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Wilson Masilingi?

Masilingi attended a UN conference on biodiversity in 1992 and was one of the representatives from smaller nations who accused the U.S. of blocking their proposals to protect the environment. He was brought into the government in 1998 as the minister for good governance, where he investigated corruption and fraud in government and business. Masilingi was named his country’s first ambassador to the Netherlands in 2013, where he served until assuming the post in Washington.   read more

Belize’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pat Andrews?

While running Scotiabank’s operations in Belize, Andrews was involved in several charities benefiting the country’s children. In 2007, he was named Canada’s honorary consul in Belize. In 2014, Andrews was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to community and banking. His nephew, Patrick Jason Andrews, is also involved in the country’s politics but as a senator in the rival Peoples United Party, and was a television host.   read more

Kosovo’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Vlora Çitaku?

Çitaku was made Kosovo’s minister of European Integration in 2010 and worked on settling differences with Serbia. She also worked to improve women’s rights in her country and increase their role in government. In 2014, she came to the U.S. to be Kosovo’s consul general in New York. There, she worked to get Kosovo membership in the U.N. Despite her long career, Çitaku is as likely to show up in her country’s gossip magazines as newspapers because of her striking appearance.   read more

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Hamdullah Mohib?

Mohib was responsible for the creation of community service programming to recognize the achievements of Afghan women, and to support special-needs orphans living in Kabul. He worked for the American University of Afghanistan, both as its IT director and a teacher of IT classes. He also served in President Ghani’s campaign as his social media “guru” and subsequently as his deputy chief of staff. Mohib and his wife Lael have written articles together on Afghan political issues.   read more

Denmark’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Lars Gert Lose?

Part of Lose’s duties since arriving in the U.S. includes explaining Danish policies mentioned in the course of the U.S. presidential campaign. He commented on Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ statement that he would like to see the U.S. economy be more like Denmark’s. “It goes without saying, of course without interfering in the U.S. political debate, that we welcome any positive mention of Denmark,” Lose said. “Denmark has a lot to offer in terms of how we organize our society.”   read more

Ambassador to El Salvador: Who Is Jean E. Manes?

Manes was principal officer in the consulate in Azores, where she helped negotiate the U.S. military presence in those islands. She then was named cultural affairs officer in an embassy in Brazil, where she helped develop an English teaching strategy in the run-up to the World Cup and Olympic Games. She returned to Washington in 2010 as staff director in the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for Public Affairs. In 2012, she served a tour as counselor for public affairs in Afghanistan.   read more

Ambassador to Luxembourg: Who Is David McKean?

In 2012, McKean went to work at the State Dept. as senior advisor to then-Secretary Hillary Clinton for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The review is a joint effort of the State Dept. and U.S. Agency for International Development that identifies global trends that could result in opportunities or threats. Later that year, McKean reunited with John Kerry, by this time Secretary of State, as his Director of Policy Planning, where he served until his nomination as Ambassador.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy: Who Is John Kotek?

While at Gallatin, in 2010 Kotek was named staff director of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, a group studying nuclear waste disposal. He was criticized by some in the nuclear community for recommending Mary Woollen, executive director of Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free, to serve on the panel. Kotek returned to the federal government in January 2015 as principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Nuclear Energy, a post he held until being made acting director.   read more

First Woman Appointed to Lead Warfighting Command

The Senate has confirmed an Air Force general to be the first female officer to lead one of the military’s warfighting commands. By voice vote late Thursday, the Senate approved Gen. Lori Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. The command is responsible for preventing attacks against the United States.   read more

Ambassador to Slovakia: Who Is Adam Sterling?

Before joining the State Dept in 1990, Sterling worked in New York City as a liaison officer in the mayor’s office to the U.N. and consular corps. His first Foreign Service posting was in Peru. In 1993, Sterling was sent to Belgium, but returned to the U.S. in 1995 to be a desk officer for Central Asian affairs, a region he would focus on through much of his career. Sterling was assigned in 1998 as a political officer in Kazakhstan, then in 2001 took a similar post in Tel Aviv, Israel.   read more
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