Home2023 Certificates of Competency for Nominees to be Chiefs of Mission ...Kneedler, Eric W. – Republic of Rwanda – January 2023 hide Kneedler, Eric W. – Republic of Rwanda – January 2023 Certificate of Competency January 16, 2023 UNITED STATES SENATE SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4) POST: Republic of Rwanda CANDIDATE: Eric W. Kneedler Eric Kneedler is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya where he also acted as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. from 2021-2022. Earlier, Mr. Kneedler was the Counselor for Political Affairs at the Embassy in Nairobi and before that he served in the same role at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. Previously, he served as the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand and as a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. His demonstrated leadership ability as Deputy and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. in Nairobi, coupled with his over two decades of service as a career diplomat, make Mr. Kneedler a well-qualified candidate for Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda. Among his other assignments, Mr. Kneedler was a Staff Assistant in the Bureau of European Affairs, a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center, and he also held positions at the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius and the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. Mr. Kneedler earned his Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, and his Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is the recipient of numerous State Department performance awards. His foreign languages include Thai, Indonesian, French, Cantonese and Italian.