Mustard, Allan - Turkmenistan - 06-2014


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Turkmenistan

CANDIDATE: Allan Phillip Mustard

Allan Phillip Mustard, the most senior Foreign Service Officer in the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), class of Career Minister, currently serves as Agricultural Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. A widely recognized authority on agricultural and food aid policy, he has broad experience in guiding economic reform assistance throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. An expert leader and manager who has served twice in Russia and speaks excellent Russian, he will bring essential skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Turkmenistan as it transitions to a market economy from its previous command economy.

Previously, Mr. Mustard served as Agricultural Minister-Counselor, Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (2008-2011), Agricultural Minister-Counselor, Embassy Moscow, Russia (2003-2008), Fellow, Senior Seminar in Foreign Relations, Department of State (2002-2003), Assistant Deputy Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Foreign Agricultural Service (2000-2002), Agricultural Counselor, Embassy Vienna, Austria (1996-2000), Deputy Director, Emerging Democracies Office, Foreign Agricultural Service (1992-1996), Deputy Coordinator, Eastern Europe and Soviet Secretariat, Foreign Agricultural Service (1990-1992), Agricultural Trade Officer, Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey (1988-1990), Assistant Agricultural Attaché, Embassy Moscow, USSR (1986-1988), Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service (1982-1986). Prior to this, Mr. Mustard worked as a social worker in Seattle and Guide-Interpreter at the U.S. International Communication Agency in Kishinev, Moscow and Rostov-na-Donu, USSR.

Mr. Mustard earned an A.S. at Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, Washington in 1975, B.A.s in Political Science, and Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington in 1978 and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois in 1982. He is the recipient of four Presidential Rank Awards, a Distinguished Service Honor Award, and numerous other Department of State and USDA performance awards. Mr. Mustard speaks Russian, German and basic Spanish.