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Picture of R. Barrie WalkleyBIOGRAPHY

R. Barrie Walkley
Ambassador, Republic of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
Term of Appointment: 07/13/2004 to 08/01/2007

R. Barrie Walkley is the Ambassador of the U.S. to the Gabonese Republic. He serves concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2001 to 2004. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Walkley, who is from Gasquet, California, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor.

After entering the Foreign Service in 1982, Mr. Walkley was initially assigned to Yaounde, Cameroon. In addition to assignments at the State Department, he has served in Lahore (Pakistan), Pretoria (South Africa), and Islamabad (Pakistan). In 1993, he was seconded to the United Nations and served as the UN Spokesman in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Mr. Walkley is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award, the Presidential Performance Award, the Meritorious Honor Award, and the USIA Director’s Award for Writing on Public Diplomacy. Mr. Walkley holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. Mr. Walkley served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia from 1967 to 1969.



Released on July 13, 2004

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