UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
CANDIDATE: Dean R. Thompson
Dean R. Thompson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He currently serves as the State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and was the acting Assistant Secretary for the region from 2020 – 2021. Earlier, Mr. Thompson was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he was the Deputy Chief of Mission (and also Charge d’affaires, a.i.) of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. Mr. Thompson also was the Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, India. These assignments showcased Mr. Thompson’s strong leadership skills while his current role, coupled with earlier assignments, evidence his considerable substantive experience and knowledge of the region. Those qualities, along with his three decades of service as a career Foreign Service Officer, make him a well-qualified candidate to serve as Ambassador to Nepal.
Earlier, in his career Mr. Thompson represented the State Department as a student at the National War College. Among other assignments, he garnered considerable experience as Director of the State Department’s Executive Secretariat Staff, Deputy Director of the State Department Operations Center, Director of the Operations Center Crisis Management Staff and Deputy Director for Information Resources Management for the Executive Secretariat. He also served as Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka and held positions in the U.S. Embassies in Paraguay and Bangladesh.
Mr. Thompson earned his B.A. degree from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio and his M.A. degree from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs. He is the recipient of multiple State Department performance awards. Mr. Thompson’s foreign languages include Romanian and Bengali.