KAMPALA/WASHINGTON D.C – Natalie E. Brown, the Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Eritrea, is set to replace Deborah Malac as the country’s ambassador to Uganda.
The tenure of Ms Malac, who has served as US Ambassador to Uganda since 2015, has come to end and on Wednesday, she visited Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to say her farewell.
And in a September report sent to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the US State Department said Ms Brown, who has also previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S Embassy in Tunisia, has the necessary experience for the job.
“Natalie E. Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as the Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea, since 2016. She previously served as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy, 2013-2016,” the report reads in part.
“Ms. Brown also served as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S Embassy Tunis, Tunisia, 2010-2013. In a career that has spanned almost three decades, she has garnered experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy with a strong focus on Africa. That experience, coupled with her distinguished record of leadership, make her an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda,” it adds.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Brown served as the Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan and as the Political Chief of the U.S. Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait. In Washington, she served as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department Executive Secretariat’s Operations Center and as an International Affairs Officer in the Office of UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Still earlier she was the State Department’s Desk Officer for Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger in the Office of West African Affairs. She also had assignments overseas in the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the U.S Embassy Conakry, Guinea.
Ms. Brown earned her B.S from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. in 1988 and was awarded her M.S. from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, in 1999. She is the recipient numerous State Department awards recognizing her performance. A capable linguist, she speaks French and Arabic and has studied Italian, German, Amharic, and Tigrinya.