Obama nominates next U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia

Elias Kifle | December 10th, 2009
Donald E. Booth

Donald E. Booth

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday his intent to nominate Donald E. Booth to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia.

In announcing his intention to nominate Ambassador Booth and other key U.S. Administration officials, President Obama said, “The depth of experience these individuals bring to their roles will be valuable to my administration as we work to bring about real change for the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Donald E. Booth is currently the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia. Prior to that, Ambassador Booth served three years as Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia. Ambassador Booth previously served as Director of the Office of Technical and Specialized Agencies at the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Prior to this position, he served as Director of the Office of West African Affairs.

During his career in the State Department, Ambassador Booth has also served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs, the Economic Counselor in Athens, and the Division Chief for Bilateral Trade Affairs; desk officer in the Office of Egyptian Affairs and the Office of East African Affairs; and various roles while stationed at embassies in Bucharest, Brussels and Libreville.

Ambassador Booth earned a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Boston University, and an M.A. in National Security Studies from the National War College.

(Source: U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa)