Yamate, Robert T. - Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros - 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: Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros

CANDIDATE: Robert T. Yamate


Currently serving as an Assessor for the State Department Board of Examiners, Robert T. Yamate is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. He is known for his talented leadership, management abilities and extensive experience in the inter-agency process. With wide experience serving in Africa and the ability to speak French, he will bring essential skills to the task of furthering bilateral relations with Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros, important U.S. partners in Africa and within the African Union. 

Previously, Mr. Yamate served in the Department of State as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal (2010 - 2013), Multifunctional Officer, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2008 - 2010), Management Counselor, U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (2006 - 2008), Minister Counselor for Management, U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (2004 - 2006), Management Counselor, U.S. Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe (2002 - 2004), Administrative Officer, American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan (1999 - 2002), Deputy Executive Director, Executive Office, Bureau of Personnel in Washington, DC (1997 - 1999), Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Apia, Western Samoa (1994 - 1996), Management Officer, U.S. Consulate Montreal, Canada (1991 - 1994), and Administrative Officer, U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar (1989 - 1991). He also served in the Operations Center in Washington, DC and at the U.S. Embassies in Tokyo, Japan and Budapest, Hungary. 

Mr. Yamate earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburg in 1983, an MA in teaching from the University of LaVerne, in California in 1977 and a BS in mathematics from California Polytechnic University at Pomona in California in 1973. Mr. Yamate is the recipient of two Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, four Superior Honor Awards and five Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. He speaks French, Japanese and Hungarian.