Thomas, Jr., Harry K. - Republic of Zimbabwe - August 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: Republic of Zimbabwe
CANDIDATE: Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
Harry K. Thomas, Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Thomas has been Ambassador twice before and has had extensive experience in developing countries, including in Zimbabwe where he served as Labor/Political Officer from 1989 to 1992. Having held a number of the most senior positions in the Department, he also is well known for his leadership abilities. Mr. Thomas’ extensive management skills and broad policy experience make him well qualified to serve as Ambassador to Zimbabwe.
Previously, Mr. Thomas served as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines (2010-2013), Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2007-2009), and Executive Secretary of the Department (2005-2007). Prior to that, he was U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh (2003-2005), attended the Senior Seminar at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute (2002-2003), and was Director for South Asia on the National Security Council Staff (2001-2002). He also served as Director and Deputy Director of the Department’s Operations Center (1998-2001), and Political Officer at U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India (1995-1998). Mr. Thomas’ earlier assignments with the Department included serving as Operations Officer in the Operations Center, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Political/Economic Officer at U.S. Consulate, Kaduna, Nigeria, and as Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru.
Mr. Thomas earned an A.B. from the College of Holy Cross in 1978, and a M.S. from Columbia University in 2015. He has won numerous Department performance awards. His languages are Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and Tagalog.