Chang eyed as next US envoy to Philippines

11-Jul-2019 Intellasia | PhilStar | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The second female United States ambassador is expected to be named as Washington’s next top diplomat in the Philippines.

Mina Chang, US State Department deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations, has extensive experience in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Nigeria. She is reportedly the choice to succeed US Ambassador Sung Kim.

Chang will be the second female US ambassador to the Philippines after former counsellor of the State Department Kristie Kenney, who served as ambassador to Manila from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining the bureau, Chang served as chief executive officer of an international non-government organisation (INGO).

“Applying insights gleaned from a broad range of civilian and military data sets, data analytics, social science and geo-spatial intelligence capabilities to identify and assist vulnerable communities, the organisation worked to isolate root drivers of instability and direct development initiatives to address critical vulnerabilities that non-state actors exploit to further their agenda,” the State Department described Chang’s INGO in its website.

The State Department added that Chang has been an advocate for proactive stabilisation as a strategic tool of foreign engagement and an investment in a stronger America abroad.


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