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: People’s Republic of Bangladesh
CANDIDATE: Peter D. Haas
Peter Haas, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. He concurrently holds the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the same Bureau. Previously, Mr. Haas was Senior Advisor/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations for the State Department and prior to that was the Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France. Over his career he has served in positions across five geographic bureaus of the State Department including as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, India. His demonstrated success in key leadership positions coupled with three decades of substantive experience as a policymaker and diplomatic practitioner makes him a well-qualified candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh.
Among his other assignments, Mr. Hass has served as the Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy Jakarta and as an Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy, London, and the U.S. Embassy Rabat. Other assignments include positions as Economic Officer in the Office of East European Assistance and in the U.S Embassy in Haiti, and at the U.S. Embassy Office in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Haas holds a BA in International Studies and German from Illinois Wesleyan University. He attended the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, where he earned MSc (Econ) degrees in both the Politics of the World Economy and Comparative Government. He is the recipient of multiple State Department performance awards including the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence and the Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement by Senior Officers. His foreign languages are French and German.