Michael S. Hoza

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Ambassador to Cameroon
Term of Appointment: 08/22/2014 to present

Michael S. Hoza is a career Foreign Service Officer of the United States of America with 29 years of service abroad. He has served at eleven different Foreign Service posts in Africa, Asia, and Europe; and he also served in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs in Washington, D.C. He assumed his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cameroon on August 22, 2014, after having been nominated by President Barack Obama on July 31, 2013.

Prior to this nomination, Ambassador Hoza served as the Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Federation, a position which he held from August 2010 through August 2013. Previously, he served as Management Counselor and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 2007 through July 2010; and as Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain from June 2004 through June 2007.

Ambassador Hoza’s other assignments include Human Resources Officer, U.S. Embassy Paris, France (2002-2004); Management Officer, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal (2000-2002); Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Mbabane, Swaziland (1997-2000); Administrative Officer, U.S. Embassy Asmara, Eritrea (1993-1997); Bureau of African Affairs Post Management Officer for the U.S. Liaison Offices in Luanda, Angola and Mogadishu, Somalia (1991-1993); Administrative Officer, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique (1989-1991); Administrative Officer, U.S. Consulate General Martinique, French West Indies (1987-1989); and Regional Budget and Fiscal Officer, U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (1985-1987).

Ambassador Hoza is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and has received several merit-based awards throughout his career. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in the private sector for six years with the Washington Post Company in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Hoza was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in 1979.