Leaf, Barbara A. - United Arab Emirates - August 2014
REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: United Arab Emirates
CANDIDATE: Barbara A. Leaf
Barbara A. Leaf, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary (for the Arabian Peninsula), Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) in the Department of State, overseeing relations with the Gulf and Yemen and 10 diplomatic posts. With significant experience working in regional NEA affairs, both overseas and domestically, Ms. Leaf’s management and high-level policy sense are key assets. Her management and business outreach skills are also very strong.
Previously, Ms. Leaf served the Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary (for Iraq), Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2011-2013), where she guided Mission Iraq through the departure of U.S. combat troops and the transition to a wholly-civilian run operation. Prior to that she served as Team Leader, Provincial Reconstruction Team, Basrah, Iraq (2010-2011), Political Minister-Counselor, Embassy Rome, Italy (2008-2010), Director, Office of Iran Affairs (2006-2008), Political Counselor, Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004-2006), Director, Regional Office, Office of the High Representative, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2003-2004), Chief Editor/Director, Office of the Designated Agency Safety and Health Official, Office of Medical Services (2001-2003), Political Officer, Embassy Paris, France (1996-2000), Political Officer, Embassy Cairo, Egypt (1994-1996), Kuwait Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (1990-1992), Chief, Visa Section, Consulate General Jerusalem (1987-1990), Watch Officer, Operations Center (1986-1987) and Consular/Political Officer, Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1985-1986). She served as Legal Library Assistant, Judge’s Library, U.S. First Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C. (1980-1982).
Ms. Leaf earned a B.A. in Government at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia in 1980 and a M.A. in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia in 1984. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the Department of State, including six Superior Honor Awards, four Meritorious Honor Awards and five Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards. She speaks Arabic, French, Italian and Conversational Serbo-Croation.