Charles C. Adams, Jr.

Photo of Charles C. Adams, Jr.
U.S. Ambassador to Finland
Term of Appointment: 08/03/2015 to present

Ambassador Charles C. Adams, Jr. was born on August 25, 1947, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where his father, a career officer of the U.S. Foreign Service, was on assignment. He grew up in many places, including Canada, France, Germany, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana. Adams received his bachelor’s degree in 1968 from Dartmouth College. He received the S. Pinkney Tuck Scholarship to attend Dartmouth as the son of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Between his studies he was a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Kenya from 1968 to 1970. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1973.

Before his nomination, Ambassador Adams was the managing partner in the Geneva, Switzerland office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld since 2010. He was previously the managing partner of the Geneva office of Hogan & Hartson (2005-2010) and Winston & Strawn (1993-2005). He was an attorney in the Washington and Geneva offices of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1986 to 1993. Adams began his legal career with Surrey & Morse, working in the firm’s Washington and Paris offices from 1973 to 1986. Ambassador Adams came to be ranked by various professional directories in the very highest tier of international arbitration practitioners worldwide.

Adams is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars, as well as the Swiss Arbitration Association. He has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Center and of the Board of Directors of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic Foundation. Adams speaks French, German, and conversational Swahili, and has a passive understanding of several other languages.

Ambassador Adams was nominated by the White House for his present position in July 2014, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 24, 2015. He arrived in Finland to take up his duties on August 3, 2015.