Ambassador George S.W. Patten Sr. became ambassador of Liberia to the United States on Jan. 11, 2019. A career diplomat with more than two decades of experience in the Liberian Foreign Service, he previously served as chargé d’affaires at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations in New York and as ambassador to Ethiopia and Kenya. He was also permanent representative of Liberia to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
In addition, Ambassador Patten served as minister counselor in charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations, where his functions included coverage of the U.N. Security Council and the AU Observer Mission to the U.N.; expert in the Fourth and Sixth Committees of the U.N. General Assembly; peacebuilding expert and focal point for the Liberia Country-Specific Configuration on the Agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC); focal point of the New Deal for engagement in fragile states; focal point for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P); representative of Liberia on the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations; focal point in relation to the International Criminal Court (ICC); and focal point on Liberian history and foreign policy. Ambassador Patten held other diplomatic assignments in West, North and East Africa, as counselor and first secretary, respectively.
Ambassador Patten has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Liberia, a bachelor’s degree in laws from the St. Mary’s University College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Liberia. He also has certificates in diplomacy, public international law and conflict management and resolution.
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