Wendy Chamberlin

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Wendy Chamberlin
Wendy Chamberlin, May 2003.jpg
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
September 13, 2001 – May 29, 2002
President George W. Bush
Preceded by William Milam
Succeeded by Nancy Jo Powell
United States Ambassador to Laos
In office
September 5, 1996 – June 14, 1999
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Victor L. Tomseth
Succeeded by Douglas A. Hartwick
Personal details
Born (1948-10-12) October 12, 1948 (age 69)
Bethesda, Maryland
Children Two daughters
Alma mater Northwestern University (B.S.)
Boston University (M.S.)
Profession Career Ambassador

Wendy Jean Chamberlin (born 12 August 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.


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
  • 1993 – 1996 – Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 1996 – 1999 – Ambassador to Laos (Lao People's Democratic Republic).
  • 1999 – July, 2001 – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
  • July 18, 2001 – June, 2002 – United States Ambassador to Pakistan.


  • 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]
  • June 22, 2005 – Presented the Nansen Refugee Award to Marguerite "Maggie" Barankitse, known as the "Angel of Burundi." [12]
  • 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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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Victor L. Tomseth
United States Ambassador to Laos
Succeeded by
Douglas A. Hartwick