Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh officially presented her diplomatic credentials to the Emir of Qatar on October 9, 2011. President Obama nominated Ambassador Ziadeh as the U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar on May 19, 2011. Ambassador Ziadeh was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2011 and was sworn in on September 12, 2011.
Susan L. Ziadeh is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Riyadh from 2009-2011. She served previously as the Official Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Baghdad and as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bahrain. Her other overseas postings include Riyadh, Kuwait, Amman and Jerusalem. In Washington, she was responsible for the Jordan desk, and served as acting Deputy Director of the Office for Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Ambassador Ziadeh earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and a B.A. from the University of Washington. She is a 2004 distinguished graduate of the National War College, National Defense University with an M.S. in National Security Strategy. A recipient of the Department's Superior Honor Award numerous times, she was also awarded the Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.