Malac Deborah R. - Republic of Uganda - September 2015
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: Deborah R. Malac
Deborah R. Malac, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, a position she has held since 2012. Ambassador Malac has extensive experience in Africa, including service in Yaoundé, Pretoria, Dakar, Addis Ababa, and as Chief of Mission in Monrovia, Liberia. Her clear vision of U.S. foreign policy objectives, outstanding management and interpersonal skills, and her experience leading large, multi-agency teams, make her an ideal candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Uganda.
Previously, Ambassador Malac served with the Department of State as Director of the Office of East African Affairs (2011-2012), Director of the Mid-Level Division of the Bureau of Human Resources’ Office of Career Development and Assignments (2009-2011), and as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2007-2009). Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs (2005-2007), and as Deputy Director of the Office of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Textiles Trade Affairs, in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (2002-2005). She also served as Counselor for Political Affairs, U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal (1998-2001), Officer-in-Charge for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Food Programme, in the Bureau of International Organizations (1996-1998). Her additional assignments since joining the Department of State in 1981 included serving as desk officer for Laos and for South Africa, as Consular and Political Officer in both Bangkok and in Pretoria, and as Consular and Economic officer in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Ambassador Malac earned a B.A. from Furman University in 1977, a M.A. from the University of Virginia in 1981, and a M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2002. She has won numerous Department of State awards. Her languages are French, German and Thai.