Cynthia H. Akuetteh is President Obama’s nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.
Prior to her nomination, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. She previously served as the Director of the Office of Europe, Middle East, and Africa in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, which was established to lead the State Department in the whole-of-government effort to promote international energy security. Prior to assuming this position, she was Director of the Office of Central African Affairs, where she oversaw bilateral relations with ten countries in this pivotal region. Before taking up the directorship of Central Africa, from 2007 to 2009, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire. She also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 2005 to 2007. Previously she served as the Deputy Director of the Africa Bureau’s Economic Policy Staff, where she focused on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and other trade issues.
In earlier assignments in the State Department, Cynthia served as the Deputy Division Chief in the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, International Economist in the Office of Economic Sanctions, senior Venezuela desk officer and international economist in the Office of Energy Policy. She also completed a detail at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where she worked on trade and environment issues. Her other overseas tours include Ottawa, Canada; Niamey, Niger and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Before joining the Foreign Service, Cynthia worked for Peace Corps, serving as the Peace Corps Deputy Country Director for Ghana.