Malene Ginete is a very proud Filipino-Chinese-American in the Foreign Service. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany while her father was serving an overseas tour in the U.S. Army. Malene left Germany to earn her undergraduate degrees at the University of Florida, of which she is quite the enthusiastic alumnus, and her master’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Since joining the State Department in 2006, she’s served in La Paz, Bolivia; Lilongwe, Malawi; Baghdad, Iraq; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her next post will be as a general services officer (A/GSO) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Malene speaks German, Spanish, and Tagalog, and soaks up as much Afrikaans as she can these days.
She recently joined the Asian-American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA), and encourages everyone to join the positive and collegial group of colleagues.
Fun facts: Malene has lost over 100 lbs. since joining State Department, and had the unique experience of teaching a cooking class in the red zone in Baghdad.
Picture: This is a traditional Filipino gown called a Maria Clara worn at formal events. The cloth is made from a mixture of pineapple fibers and silk creating a distinct texture. This particular gown was a gift from her parents.