Home2019 Certificates of Competency for Nominees to be Chiefs of Mission ...Brown, Natalie E. – Republic of Uganda – September 2019 hide Brown, Natalie E. – Republic of Uganda – September 2019 Certificate of Competency September 9, 2019 REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS UNITED STATES SENATE SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4) POST: Republic of Uganda CANDIDATE: Natalie E. Brown Natalie E. Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as the Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea, since 2016. She previously served as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy, 2013-2016. Ms. Brown also served as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S Embassy Tunis, Tunisia, 2010-2013. In a career that has spanned almost three decades, she has garnered experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy with a strong focus on Africa. That experience, coupled with her distinguished record of leadership, make her an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. Earlier in her career, Ms. Brown served as the Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan and as the Political Chief of the U.S. Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait. In Washington, she served as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department Executive Secretariat’s Operations Center and as an International Affairs Officer in the Office of UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Still earlier she was the State Department’s Desk Officer for Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger in the Office of West African Affairs. She also had assignments overseas in the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the U.S Embassy Conakry, Guinea. Ms. Brown earned her B.S from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. in 1988 and was awarded her M.S. from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, in 1999. She is the recipient numerous State Department awards recognizing her performance. A capable linguist, she speaks French and Arabic and has studied Italian, German, Amharic, and Tigrinya.