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Paul Simons
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Term of Appointment: 09/01/2002 to present

Paul Simons, a career Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister Counselor, assumed the position of Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in September 2002. Prior to that, he had served both as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (since August 2002) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary (since September 2001) for INL.

Mr. Simons came to INL from the Embassy in Tel Aviv, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2000-2001. From 1996 to 2000, he was the Director of the Office of Peace Process and Regional Affairs in the Department of State's Near East Bureau, where he participated in multilateral and bilateral Arab/Israeli peace negotiations. Other assignments include the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff, a detail to the Department of Treasury, and tours abroad in Latin America and Africa.  He speaks Spanish and French.

Mr. Simons received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. Before joining the Department of State in 1981, he served as a corporate lending officer at a New York-based commercial bank.



Released on September 11, 2002

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