W. Stuart Symington

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U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria
Term of Appointment: 12/01/2016 to present

W. Stuart Symington, the United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2016, presented his credentials to President Buhari on December 1, 2016.

A career diplomat, Symington was formerly Ambassador to Rwanda and Ambassador to Djibouti. Recently, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Africa and African Security Affairs and, before that, U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic.

Symington earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. He clerked for the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Missouri, then litigated and practiced corporate law in New York, London, Paris, and St. Joseph, Missouri, before becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 1986.

Ambassador Symington has a broad background in U.S. policy with experience supporting peacekeeping missions, democratic transition and consolidation, counter-terrorism, economic development, and public health. He has represented the United States in Honduras, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Niger, Iraq, and several positions in Washington and New York, in addition to an assignment as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, North American Aerospace Command and U.S. Northern Command. He also taught at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

W. Stuart Symington was Ambassador in Rwanda, from 2008-2011, and in Djibouti, from 2006-2008, and was Deputy Chief of Mission in Niger from 2001-2003. He was U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic from 2014-2015 and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Africa and African Security Affairs from 2015 until he took his current position.