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Ambassador Robert S. Ford is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, holding the rank of Minister Counselor. He most recently served with the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). He has previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (2006-2008), Political Counselor (2004-2006) and Deputy Chief of Mission (2008-2009) at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain (2001-2004). His early overseas postings include Izmir, Cairo and Yaoundé. In Washington, he has served as the Egypt and North Africa Economic Affairs Officer.
Ambassador Ford grew up in Denver, Colorado. He earned his Bachelors' Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and his Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering the Foreign Service in 1985, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.
He has received numerous State Department awards, including the 2005 James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in mid-level officers. He speaks Arabic and French.
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