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June 2019

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Liberia

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.

Indonesia

Mahendra Siregar became ambassador of Indonesia to the United States on April 8, 2019, having most recently served as executive director of council for the Palm Oil Producing Countries and advisor to the minister of foreign affairs. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM); vice minister of finance; vice minister of trade; chairman and CEO of Indonesia Eximbank; and deputy coordinating minister for economic affairs. Ambassador Siregar was also a member of the board of commissioners of various corporations operating in financial services, mining, manufacturing, technology, consumers good and infrastructure. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and was assigned to various postings, including economic third secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in London and information counselor of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Siregar holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Indonesia and received a master's in economics from Monash University. He is married with three children.

Kyrgyz Republic

Bolot Otunbaev became ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States on April 8, 2019, with concurrent accreditation as ambassador to Armenia. Since 2016, he has also served as Kyrgyzstan's ambassador to Russia, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. From 2015 to 2016, he was ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2012 to 2015, he was ambassador to Germany, with concurrent accreditation to Sweden, San Marino, Holy See, Denmark and Norway. From 2010 to 2012, Ambassador Otunbaev was a member of the Political Council and coordinator of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan headquarters. Other postings include minister counselor at the Kyrgyz Embassy in Turkey (2005-09); head of the Eastern Countries Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005); head of the Western Countries and OSCE Department (2003-05); first secretary at the Kyrgyz Embassy in Russia (1998-2003) and permanent secretary of the Turkish International Cooperation Agency in Kyrgyzstan (1996-98). Ambassador Otunbaev, who was born March 9, 1965, holds graduate degrees from Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He is fluent in Kyrgyz, Russian, English and Turkish, and is married with three sons.

Last Edited on May 31, 2019