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Stephen J. Nolan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was sworn in as Ambassador to Botswana on June 23, 2008.
Mr. Nolan most recently served as Executive Director of the Bureau of African Affairs, a position he held since May 2004. Immediately prior to that assignment, he was Staff Director of the Foreign Service Board of Examiners. Mr. Nolan served as Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa from August 2000 to July 2003. Before that, he attended The Senior Seminar at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia.
A career Foreign Service officer, Mr. Nolan joined the State Department in 1976 and has spent most of his career in Africa. He served two tours at the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, first as Supervisory GSO from 1988-1991, then as Counselor for Administrative Affairs from 1997-1999. Mr. Nolan was assigned as Administrative Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1993-1997. Over the course of his career he has also worked in Dakar, Berlin and Jerusalem as well as a variety of assignments in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Nolan is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award and the Award for Heroism.
Mr. Nolan was born in Pennsylvania. He received his BS from Villanova University in 1975, and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM) in 1978.