David H. Shinn

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David H. Shinn
19th United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
In office
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byIrvin Hicks
Succeeded byTibor P. Nagy
Director for East African Affairs, United States Department of State
In office
Deputy Task Force Director and Coordinator for Somalia, United States Department of State
In office
10th United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso
In office
Preceded byLeonardo Neher
Succeeded byEdward P. Brynn
Personal details
Born (1940-06-09) June 9, 1940 (age 82)[1]
Yakima, Washington
SpouseJudy Shinn
ChildrenChris Shinn, Steve Shinn
ResidenceWashington D.C

David H. Shinn (born June 9, 1940) is an American diplomat and professor. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. His diverse career in the foreign service of the United States has included ambassadorships to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Shinn is also a frequent commentator in the news media on political issues, and has provided consultancy to the U.S. government on Horn of Africa related matters as well as Sino-African relations.


Shinn received his B.A. (1962), M.A. (1963), and Ph.D. (1980) from George Washington University. He also received a certificate in African Studies from Northwestern University and was diplomat-in-residence at University of California, Los Angeles and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Shinn served for 37 years in the United States Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan, and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.


Shinn is active in several non-governmental organizations focused on the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He serves on the Board of Directors for Adeso, an NGO founded by the Somali environmentalist Fatima Jibrell. It conducts programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. Additionally, Shinn is on the Board of Directors of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.



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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia
Succeeded by
Preceded by U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso
Succeeded by