Lakhdhir, Kamala Shirin - Malaysia - June 2016


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: Malaysia

CANDIDATE: Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, most recently served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Department of State, a position she held since 2011. Ms. Lakhdhir is known for her extensive foreign policy expertise, especially on East Asia, honed through service in a broad range of important positions in Washington and abroad. A former Director of the office that handles U.S. relations with Malaysia, Ms. Lakhdhir also has demonstrated an ability to work closely and effectively with other U.S. agencies on complex problems to achieve U.S. goals. Her background and skills make her an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia.

Previously, Ms. Lakhdhir served as U.S. Consul General at U.S. Consulate General Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (2009-2001). Prior to that, she served as Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia (2007-2009) and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State (2005-2006), both in the Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She also served as Political Officer in U.S. Embassy Beijing, China (2001-2005), and was a Pearson Fellow in the House International Relations Committee’s Asia and Pacific Subcommittee and the House Financial Services’ International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee (2000-2001). Prior to that, she served as Deputy Coordinator, Taiwan Coordination Staff in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1998-2000), and as a Line Officer in the Department’s Executive Secretariat (1996-1998). After joining the Foreign Service in 1991, Ms. Lakhdhir also served as a Political Officer in Indonesia and as a Consular Officer in Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Lakhdhir earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the National War College. She has won numerous Department of State performance awards. Her languages are Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia.