Ambassador, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
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Mr. Aubrey Hooks was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire on August 6, 2004. Prior to this appointment, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2001 to 2004.
Mr. Hooks joined the Foreign Service in 1971. He served as a junior Officer trainee at the Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel from 1971-1973. Following Polish language training, he served as Consular Officer in Warsaw, Poland. From 1976 to 1978 he worked in the Department of State as Cultural Affairs Officer with responsibility for cultural and educational exchanges with Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. On completing training in economics, he was assigned as Economic Officer in Ankara, Turkey from 1979-1983. After a year of university training in economics, Mr. Hooks headed the Economic Section at Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After Hebrew language training, he was reassigned to the Embassy in Tel Aviv. He attended the NATO Defense College (79th Class) in Rome in 1991-1992. In 1992 he was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which took place in Helsinki, Finland. From 1992 to1995, Mr. Hooks was the Economic Counselor at Embassy Warsaw, Poland. He was Ambassador to the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) from 1996 to 1999.
Mr. Hooks was born in Mullins, South Carolina. He obtained his A.A. degree from Brevard College in 1968 and a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1970. He subsequently studied at George Washington University. He obtained an M.A. degree in economics from the University of Michigan in 1984. Mr. Hooks speaks fluent French, Hebrew, and Polish.
Released on November 17, 2004