SUBJECT:            Ambassadorial Nomination:  Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST:                  Republic of Bulgaria

CANDIDATE:     Herro Mustafa

Herro Mustafa, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Lisbon Portugal where she also served as Chargé d’Affaires for seven months, leading the mission while awaiting the appointment of a new Ambassador.  Previously she served as Political Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi India.  Among her recent assignments in Washington D.C. she was an Advisor in the Officer of the Vice President, The White House, the Deputy Director of the Office of Afghanistan in the Department of State, and the Chief of Staff, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs for the Department of State.  She also served as a Director at the National Security Council, the White House.  With her broad leadership and interagency experience, her extensive engagement on energy security, rule-of-law, and anti-corruption issues, and her commitment to mentoring and staff development she is well qualified to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria.

Ms. Mustafa’s other foreign assignments include as Provincial Coordinator, Mosul, Iraq, as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon, and as a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Athens, Greece.  Before joining the State Department she worked as an Editor at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies, Abu Dhabi, UAE and also served as an International Election Supervisor in Bosnia, for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Ms. Mustafa received her B.S.F.S degree from Georgetown University in 1995.  She then earned her M.P.A. from Princeton University in 1997.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Matilda W. Sinclaire Award for Excellence in Foreign Language.  She speaks nine languages including Arabic, Russian, Hindi, and Farsi.


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