Dhanani, Katherine Simonds - Federal Republic of Somaila - March 2015
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: Federal Republic of Somalia
CANDIDATE: Katherine Simonds Dhanani
Katherine Simonds Dhanani, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Director, Office of Regional and Security Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs in the Department of State. Having served extensively in key leadership positions at missions overseas and in Washington, D.C., she is known as a talented manager and consensus builder with broad experience in Africa, regional security and the interagency process. Ms. Dhanani will bring key skills to the tasks of promoting democratic values, improving security and advancing U.S economic interests in Somalia, a critical, but exceptionally unstable nation in the Horn of Africa.
Previously, Ms. Dhanani served as Consul General, U.S. Consulate General, Hyderabad, India (2010-2013), Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe (2007-2010), Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Libreville, Gabon (2005-2007), Political and Economic Section Chief, U.S. Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia (2002-2005), Economic Section Chief, U.S. Embassy, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (1999-2002), Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico (1998-1999), Economic Officer, Office of Mexican Affairs, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State (1996-1998), Staff Assistant, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State (1995-1996), Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo (1993-1995) and Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy, Georgetown, Guyana (1990-1992). Before joining the Foreign Service, she was Assistant Planner, City of Sacramento, Sacramento, California (1989-1990), Lecturer, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (1985-1989) and Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1983-1985).
Ms. Dhanani earned a B.A. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1981 and a M.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1989.
She is the recipient of numerous honor and performance awards from the Department of State. She speaks French and Spanish.