Katherine Simonds Dhanani ’81 has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the first ambassador to Somalia in over 20 years. Dhanani received her B.A. in economics from Kenyon and later went on to earn an M.A. in economics from MIT. She has served in the State Department since 1990, holding posts in India, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Guyana. In 2013 she was named director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs.
The U.S. embassy in the capital of Mogadishu closed in 1991 as civil war ravaged Somalia. If confirmed, Dhanani will begin working out of Kenya until the U.S. is able to construct a secure facility in Somalia.
Read more about Dhanani in an article from allgov.com, available here.