Dean R Thompson nomiated as US Ambassador to Nepal

KATHMANDU: US President Joe Biden has nominated Dean R Thompson as ambassador to Nepal.

According to the press release issued by the White House, he will be appointed as the Ambassador to Nepal once his nomination is endorsed by the US Senate. This will be his first stint in the ambassadorial post.

Dean R. Thompson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He currently serves as the State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, and was the acting Assistant Secretary from 2020-2021.

Prior to that, Thompson was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’affaires, a.i. of the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. Thompson also was the Consul General of the US Consulate in Kolkata, India.

Among other assignments, he served as Director of the State Department’s Executive Secretariat Staff, Deputy Director of the State Department Operations Center, Director of the Operations Center Crisis Management Staff, and Deputy Director for Information Resources Management for the Executive Secretariat.

Thompson earned a BA degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, a MA degree from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, and a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University. His foreign languages include Romanian and Bengali.

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