Appointments and Resignations

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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

Djibouti’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Mohamed Siad Doualeh?

Before joining the Foreign Ministry, he was a journalist at the newspaper La Nation in Djibouti. Doualeh was made ambassador to Switzerland, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations agencies based in Geneva in 2006, posts he held until coming to Washington. A music enthusiast, Doualeh is a founding member of the cultural association ADAC, longtime organizer of "The Fest'horn," the largest music festival dedicated to peace in the Horn of Africa.   read more

Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi?

In 2005, Basáñez became chief pollster and advisor to state of Mexico then-governor del Mazo. More recently, Basáñez has been professor of values, culture and development at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. When Basáñez was appointed ambassador, it created some controversy among some who pointed out he had no diplomatic experience and that it was his close association with del Mazo, a cousin of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, that accounted for his appointment.   read more

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud?

Abdullah, who is seen as a somewhat progressive free-market advocate, was named governor of SAGIA in 2000. When he resigned from the agency in 2004, it was said to be due to his frustration with government bureaucracy, the slow pace of reforms and privatization in the country, and his inability to bring in enough foreign investment. However, under Abdullah’s governorship at SAGIA, close to 2,000 foreign business licenses were issued, holding a total value of about $15 billion.   read more

Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ahmed Isse Awad?

Awad went to Sudan to work for the United Nations on peacekeeping missions for nearly 10 years, serving in Abyei, Kaduqli and Darfur. In 2014, Awad was in the mix to become Somalia’s next prime minister, but the office went to his predecessor in Washington, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who was ambassador to the United States for a few months that year. The following year, Awad was appointed to set up the embassy.   read more

Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Yasser Reda?

Reda was deputy chief of mission in Berlin in 2004 when then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came to Germany for back surgery and Reda dealt with the publicity surrounding that. Reda assumed a very sensitive assignment in 2008 when he was named ambassador to Israel. He was recalled in 2011 by his government to protest the deaths of three Egyptian soldiers killed in a shootout involving Israeli troops. He did return to Tel Aviv to complete his term, however.   read more

Ambassador to Burma: Who Is Scot Marciel?

In March 2011, Marciel had to deal with the fallout from the WikiLeaks release of State Department cables that accused Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of corruption and abuse of power, including using the national intelligence service to spy on his political rivals. He also helped Boeing sell $23 billion worth of planes to an Indonesian airline.   read more

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Thelma Phillip-Browne?

Phillip-Browne is now aligned with the ruling Team Unity Party and took criticism from the opposition Labour Party for being appointed as ambassador with no experience in foreign service. “I suspect when the Labour government got in, people got rewards,” Phillip-Browne said in response. “. . . Everywhere that happens, and that’s why you find quite often, people in senior positions...they usually change when the government changes.”   read more

Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Domingos Fezas Vital?

Beginning in 1996, he was the diplomatic advisor to the governor of Macau, General Vasco Rocha Vieira. In that post he coordinated border issues with China as Portugal prepared to hand over the colony in 1999. He later served as consul general in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2002 was named deputy permanent representative to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, where he represented Portugal in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Election Commission: Who Is Matthew S. Petersen?

President George W. Bush nominated Petersen to a spot on the FEC in June 2008. His nomination was confirmed by his former employers on the Rules Committee. He served a term as FEC chairman beginning in 2010. As one of the three Republican appointees on the FEC, Petersen has been a reliable vote against attempts to reform elections. In 2013, for instance, he voted to make it more difficult for the Justice Department to prosecute campaign finance violations.   read more
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Appointments and Resignations

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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

Djibouti’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Mohamed Siad Doualeh?

Before joining the Foreign Ministry, he was a journalist at the newspaper La Nation in Djibouti. Doualeh was made ambassador to Switzerland, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations agencies based in Geneva in 2006, posts he held until coming to Washington. A music enthusiast, Doualeh is a founding member of the cultural association ADAC, longtime organizer of "The Fest'horn," the largest music festival dedicated to peace in the Horn of Africa.   read more

Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi?

In 2005, Basáñez became chief pollster and advisor to state of Mexico then-governor del Mazo. More recently, Basáñez has been professor of values, culture and development at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy. When Basáñez was appointed ambassador, it created some controversy among some who pointed out he had no diplomatic experience and that it was his close association with del Mazo, a cousin of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, that accounted for his appointment.   read more

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud?

Abdullah, who is seen as a somewhat progressive free-market advocate, was named governor of SAGIA in 2000. When he resigned from the agency in 2004, it was said to be due to his frustration with government bureaucracy, the slow pace of reforms and privatization in the country, and his inability to bring in enough foreign investment. However, under Abdullah’s governorship at SAGIA, close to 2,000 foreign business licenses were issued, holding a total value of about $15 billion.   read more

Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Ahmed Isse Awad?

Awad went to Sudan to work for the United Nations on peacekeeping missions for nearly 10 years, serving in Abyei, Kaduqli and Darfur. In 2014, Awad was in the mix to become Somalia’s next prime minister, but the office went to his predecessor in Washington, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who was ambassador to the United States for a few months that year. The following year, Awad was appointed to set up the embassy.   read more

Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Yasser Reda?

Reda was deputy chief of mission in Berlin in 2004 when then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came to Germany for back surgery and Reda dealt with the publicity surrounding that. Reda assumed a very sensitive assignment in 2008 when he was named ambassador to Israel. He was recalled in 2011 by his government to protest the deaths of three Egyptian soldiers killed in a shootout involving Israeli troops. He did return to Tel Aviv to complete his term, however.   read more

Ambassador to Burma: Who Is Scot Marciel?

In March 2011, Marciel had to deal with the fallout from the WikiLeaks release of State Department cables that accused Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of corruption and abuse of power, including using the national intelligence service to spy on his political rivals. He also helped Boeing sell $23 billion worth of planes to an Indonesian airline.   read more

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Thelma Phillip-Browne?

Phillip-Browne is now aligned with the ruling Team Unity Party and took criticism from the opposition Labour Party for being appointed as ambassador with no experience in foreign service. “I suspect when the Labour government got in, people got rewards,” Phillip-Browne said in response. “. . . Everywhere that happens, and that’s why you find quite often, people in senior positions...they usually change when the government changes.”   read more

Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Domingos Fezas Vital?

Beginning in 1996, he was the diplomatic advisor to the governor of Macau, General Vasco Rocha Vieira. In that post he coordinated border issues with China as Portugal prepared to hand over the colony in 1999. He later served as consul general in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2002 was named deputy permanent representative to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, where he represented Portugal in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Election Commission: Who Is Matthew S. Petersen?

President George W. Bush nominated Petersen to a spot on the FEC in June 2008. His nomination was confirmed by his former employers on the Rules Committee. He served a term as FEC chairman beginning in 2010. As one of the three Republican appointees on the FEC, Petersen has been a reliable vote against attempts to reform elections. In 2013, for instance, he voted to make it more difficult for the Justice Department to prosecute campaign finance violations.   read more
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