Melanie Harris Higgins, of Georgia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Burundi.
Ms. Higgins, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Director of the Office of Central African Affairs at the State Department. Previously, she was the Principal Officer of the United States Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand and was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Throughout her two decades of service, Ms. Higgins served as the Acting Director and Acting Public Affairs Advisor for the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She also held a number of other positions at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Jakarta, Indonesia, Canberra, Australia, and Yaounde, Cameroon.
Ms. Higgins earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She is the recipient of the Sinclaire Language Award from the American Foreign Service Association. She speaks French, Indonesian, and some Bosnian.
#USConGen Melanie Higgins and Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Niblock hosted a great reception for @SelectUSA client companies in New Zealand, invite Kiwi businesses to join us at the #SelectUSASummit2018 this June pic.twitter.com/HuA4Sru6Dh
— US Embassy NZ 🇺🇸🇳🇿 (@usembassynz) February 28, 2018