Wendy Chamberlin

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Wendy Chamberlin (born 1948) is a veteran diplomat who has served in the United States Department of State and USAID, worked for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), and now serves as President of the Middle East Institute.

Career[edit]

US Department of State[edit]

  • 1975 - Foreign Service officer
  • Various offices:
    • Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs
    • Acting Director of Regional Affairs
    • Director of Press and Public Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau
    • Special Assistant for South Asian Affairs to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs
    • Staff worker for Deputy Secretary of State and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs
  • 1996 - 1999 - Ambassador to Laos (Lao People's Democratic Republic).

USAID[edit]

  • December 2, 2002 - Appointed Assistant Administrator. Served as head of the USAID Asia and Near East Bureau.[1]
  • December 22, 2003 - Ends tenure with USAID to move to UNHCR.[2]

UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR)[edit]

  • December 12, 2003 - Appointed as Deputy High Commissioner on Refugees by High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers.[3]
  • January 19, 2004 - Officially welcomed as Deputy High Commissioner.[4]
  • February 24 - June 2, 2005 - Appointed as acting High Commissioner on the retirement of Ruud Lubbers. Served until the appointment of former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres.[5][6]
  • February 25, 2005 - Called for donations and humanitarian aid to prevent suffering in South Sudan.[7]
  • April 1–22, 2005 - Toured refugee camps in Sudan and Chad, where women expressed their fears of returning home. She urged Sudan to protect its own citizens.[8][9][10]
  • April 25, 2005 - Speaking from Geneva, she emphasized the need for funding and to bring security to the war-torn region of Darfur in Sudan.[11]
  • April 16–21, 2006 - Traveled to Pakistan to view earthquake survivors and Afghan refuge camps.[13][14]
  • December 18, 2006 - Visits refugee camps in Kenya where Somalis have fled both war and flooding.[15]

Middle East Institute[edit]

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