Ambassador James F. Entwistle presented his credentials to President Joseph Kabila on November 4, 2010 to become the 17th U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service (Minister Counselor) he most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from July 2007 until June 2010. From 2003-06, Mr. Entwistle served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka with simultaneous accreditation to Maldives.
Mr. Entwistle joined the Foreign Service in January, 1981. He served in Yaounde, Douala and Niamey from 1981-86. From 1986-90 Mr. Entwistle was a watch officer in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the desk officer for Kenya and Uganda in the Bureau of African Affairs. From 1991-94, he headed the Refugee Assistance unit at Embassy Bangkok with extensive travel to Cambodia. After serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangui 1994-95, Mr. Entwistle worked in the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the Department until his assignment as Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1999-2003.
Mr. Entwistle is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina. His foreign languages are French and Thai.