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Friday, 17 June 2016

Indian-origin Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir nominated as US Ambassador to Malaysia

Indian-origin diplomat Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir was on 17 June 2016 nominated as the next American Ambassador to Malaysia by US President Barack Obama. He will replace Joseph Y Yun, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir served as the Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015.  She served as the US Consul General in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom from 2009 to 2011.
• She previously worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as the Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia from 2007 to 2009.
• From 2001 to 2005, Lakhdhir was a Political Officer at the US Embassy in Beijing, China.  
• From 1998 to 2000, Lakhdhir was Deputy Coordinator of the Taiwan Coordination Staff in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  
• Since joining the Foreign Service in 1991, Lakhdhir served as a Political Officer in Indonesia and as a Consular Officer in Saudi Arabia.  
• She received a BA from Harvard College and an MS from the National War College.

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