Nguyen Quoc Cuong became Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America in 2011.
Prior to his appointment, from 2008 to 2011, Cuong was Deputy Foreign Minister; in charge of relations of Vietnam with European countries, and Press and Information Affairs. He was also Chief Negotiator with the Vatican. From 2007 to 2008, he was Director-General, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs, then appointed Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs.
From 2005 to 2007, he served as Deputy Director-General, Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation, Head of Political and Security Section of the APEC Viet Nam 2006 Secretariat. Before that, since 1981, Cuong worked as an officer at the China Department and researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During his 30-year career, Cuong was posted twice to Vietnam’s missions abroad; as Minister Counselor, DCM at the Embassy of Vietnam in Ottawa, Canada (2002-2005), and as Second Secretary in Beijing, China (1990-1993).
Cuong graduated from the University of Foreign Affairs, Viet Nam (1976 – 1981) and earned an MA in International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA (1996 – 1997). Ambassador Cuong followed a course on public administration at Maxwell School of Public Administration, Syracuse University in 1998. He also participated in the Vietnam Executive Leadership Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2009. He speaks fluent English.
He is married with a daughter and a son.
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