On May 20, 2020, the State Department announced the passing of the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Matthew J. Matthews.
Sad news — @SecPompeo announces that US Ambassador to Brunei Matthew Matthews has died.
“We have lost a true leader, mentor, and colleague in our community and will miss him dearly.” pic.twitter.com/eMNhg944Wk
— Jennifer Hansler (@jmhansler) May 21, 2020
Via US Embassy BSB:
Matthew J. Matthews was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on March 29, 2019. Matt was most recently U.S. Ambassador for APEC and concurrently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from June 2015 to March 2019. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Admiral Locklear, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013. Matt focused on multilateral trade agreements as the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007-10), and at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia (2004-07). His earlier postings include two tours in Beijing, two tours in Taipei, Islamabad, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC. He speaks fluent Mandarin.
Matt grew up in Portland, Oregon. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, attended the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, and earned a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is married to Rachel Lin Matthews and has two adult children who reside in the United States.
Ambassador Matthews is a career diplomat and a member of the Senior Foreign Service. His deputy at the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is Scott E. Woodard who arrived in Brunei in August 2017 to take up his current position as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Deputy Sullivan was pleased to swear in Matt Matthews as the new Ambassador to #Brunei. Ambassador Matthews has over three decades of experience, including as EAP’s Deputy Assistant Secretary and Ambassador to @APEC, and will be an excellent steward of the US-Brunei relationship. pic.twitter.com/ylkx8kxxqk
— EAP Bureau (@USAsiaPacific) March 30, 2019
Ambassador Matthews recently travelled to Kuala Belalong in Temburong for the first time where he met with Dr. Ulmar Grafe from UBD and Dr. Rolf Mueller from Virginia Tech to visit UBD’s Field Study Center and experience the Canopy Walkway. #Brunei pic.twitter.com/99Ri1MrznO
— U.S. Embassy BSB (@USEmbassyBSB) November 5, 2019
— U.S. Embassy BSB (@USEmbassyBSB) November 4, 2019
Ambassador Matthews hosted a reception showcasing the talents of American Bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers (@hhp). Ambassador Matthews even joined in for a special rendition of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’! 🇺🇸🇧🇳🎼#BluegrassAmbassadors #ArtsEnvoy #BluegrassInBrunei #Brunei pic.twitter.com/9n536z0ebp
— U.S. Embassy BSB (@USEmbassyBSB) November 20, 2019