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SUBJECT:            Ambassadorial Nomination:  Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST:                  Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

CANDIDATE:     Pamela Marie Bates

Pamela Bates, served for 24 years as a career member of the United States Foreign Service before assuming her current role as a partner at Securitas Global Risk Solutions, Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 2017.  During her distinguished career in the State Department Ms. Bates served as a Multilateral Trade Officer in the Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2014 -2017) and as Deputy Director, Economic and Commercial Studies Division, National Foreign Affairs Training Institute, Arlington, Virginia (2011 -2014).  Among her foreign assignments Ms. Bates was the Senior Energy Advisor, at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France (2008 – 2011).  Ms. Bates is widely recognized for her expertise in economic affairs and her extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy.  She speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and German.  Her previous experience working at the OECD coupled with her substantive knowledge and linguistic skills make her a well-qualified choice to be U.S. Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Earlier in her career Ms. Bates also served as the Senior Officer for Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the State Department (2007 -2008) and as the Special Assistant for Energy and Climate Change in the Office of the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs (2007).  Prior to that, Ms. Bates was the Italy Desk Officer in the Bureau of European Affairs (2003 -2004) and Director for Asian Telecommunications and IT Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, (2001 – 2003).

Ms. Bates earned her A.B. degree from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine (1989),  her M.A. from John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C., (1991) and her M.B.A. from The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2002).  Ms. Bates is the recipient of multiple Department of State Performance Awards.

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