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James Irvin Gadsden
Ambassador, Iceland
Term of Appointment: 10/24/2002 to 07/14/2005

James I. Gadsden was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Iceland on October 24, 2002. Mr. Gadsden, who joined the career Foreign Service in 1972, had served as Special Negotiator for Agricultural Biotechnology in the State Department's Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs since September 2001. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Gadsden was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1997 to 2001. In that position, he was responsible for U.S. bilateral relations with several European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Vatican, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Previously, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest (1994-97), Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris (1989-93), economic/political officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Communities in Brussels (1985-89), and European Communities desk officer at the State Department (1981-84).

Mr. Gadsden began his Foreign Service Career in the State Department's Office of East Asian Regional Affairs as a political officer (1972-74). He was next assigned to the U.S. Trade Center in Taipei as a market research officer supporting U.S. export promotion programs (1974-76). Mr. Gadsden continued promoting U.S. exports as a commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest (1977-79). He was then assigned as a staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary for the State for Economic and Business Affairs (1980-81).

Mr. Gadsden was born in Charleston, South Carolina on March 12, 1948. He earned a B.A. degree cum laude in economics from Harvard University in 1970 and an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies (China) from Stanford University in 1972. He continued graduate studies in economics at Princeton University in 1984. He was selected for participation in the Senior Seminar in 1993 and has received senior performance awards, a meritorious honor award, and a group superior honor award. Mr. Gadsden speaks French, Mandarin Chinese, and Hungarian.



Released on October 24, 2002

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