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Janet A. Sanderson
Ambassador, Algeria
Term of Appointment: 10/04/2000 to 07/09/2003

Janet A. Sanderson, a career member of Senior Foreign Service, was sworn in as Ambassador to the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria on October 4, 2000. She took up her duties in Algiers later that same month.

From 1997 to 2000, Ambassador Sanderson served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Before that, she served at the Embassy in Cairo, first as Deputy Economic Counselor and then as Minister/Counselor for Economic Affairs. As Minister/Counselor, she was responsible for the full range of bilateral economic relations, including the U.S./Egyptian Partnership for Economic Growth and Development. Previous to her assignment in Cairo, she served as Counselor for Economic Affairs at the Embassy in Amman, Jordan.

From 1986-88, Ambassador Sanderson supported U.S. activities at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and served as the Bureau of European Affairs’ energy and petroleum advisor. From 1984-86, she served as the desk officer for Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Previous assignments include postings at the U.S. embassies in Dacca, Bangladesh from 1978-1980 and Tel Aviv, Israel from 1980-1982. Prior to that, she was assigned to the Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait as petroleum officer.

Ambassador Sanderson is the 1996 recipient of the Herbert A. Salzman Award for International Economic Performance, the Department of State’s highest award for economic officers, for her work on the U.S./Egyptian Economic Partnership. She has been awarded the Superior Honor Award three times, most recently for her performance as Deputy Chief of Mission in Amman. She is also the recipient of the Department’s Meritorious Award and several Group Honor awards.

Ambassador Sanderson received a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in 1993. She joined the Foreign Service in January 1978 as an economic officer. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, she pursued advanced studies in Government and Middle East Affairs at the University of Arizona. Ambassador Sanderson hails from Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1977. She speaks French and Arabic.



Released on August 21, 2003

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