On June 18, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Michael S. Owen to be Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone. The WH released the following brief bio:
Michael S. Owen is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Prior to that he was the Office Director for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Maldives in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Mr. Owen previously served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India, and was the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was also Counselor for Economic Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana. Other overseas posts include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Mauritania, and Ireland.
Mr. Owen received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Economics from Rice University, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.