Amb. David M. Satterfield
Acting Assist. Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Dept. of State
Term of Appointment: 09/05/2017 to present
David Satterfield, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Bureau,
entered the Foreign Service in 1980 and holds the rank of Career Minister. From July 2009 until August 2017 he served as the Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula. At the Department of State, Ambassador Satterfield served as Coordinator for Iraq and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, US Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq, Assistant Secretary of State (Acting) for Near Eastern Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Chief of Mission in Cairo, and US Ambassador to Lebanon.
His Middle East experience spans almost forty years and includes assignments in Syria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and two tours in Lebanon. Ambassador Satterfield served as Director of Arab and Arab-Israeli Affairs in the Department of State and as Director for Near Eastern Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1993 to 1996, where he worked primarily on the Arab-Israeli peace process. He is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award and the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. His languages include Arabic and French.
Ambassador Satterfield attended the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.