UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of Malawi
CANDIDATE: David J. Young
David Young, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia. Previously he served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria. He also had an earlier assignment in Lusaka as Deputy Chief of Mission and as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Prior to that he was Deputy Director, Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan & South Sudan and prior to that he served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs. Mr. Young’s deep and substantive background in African Affairs, coupled with his demonstrated ability to lead interagency teams in difficult environments, makes him a well-qualified candidate for Ambassador to Republic of Malawi.
Among his other assignments, Mr. Young was a Pearson Fellow in the Office of Jim Moran, U.S. House of Representatives; a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala; and Director, Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy and Human Rights. Earlier in his career he held positions in Vietnam and Panama as well as domestic positions in the State Department Operations Center, at the United Nations, and in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Bureau of International Organizations.
Mr. Young earned his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri, a Diploma from Trinity College, University of Dublin, an M.Div. degree and an M.A. from Boston University. He speaks Spanish. He is the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award and has received numerous State Department awards.