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Michael E. Ranneberger
Ambassador to the Republic of Mali


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Biography

Michael E. Ranneberger, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has worked extensively on African and Latin American issues during his career with the Department of State. He took the oath of office for Ambassador to Mali on December 17, 1999.

Mr. Ranneberger served as Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the end of July 1995. In that capacity he helped lead the Administration's policy to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Cuba, in part by expanding people-to-people contacts and supporting development of independent civil society. Prior to this position, Mr. Ranneberger was assigned to Haiti where he spent 6 months setting up and running an interagency task force on justice and security-related Issues.

In August 1994, he became Deputy Chief of Mission in Mogadishu. When the Embassy was evacuated in September due to the hazardous security situation, he became Deputy Principal Officer of the reconstituted Somalia Liaison Office in Nairobi. His service as Deputy Chief of Mission in Maputo from 1986-1989 included 8 months as Charge during the civil war. As the Angola Desk Officer during 1981-1984, Mr. Ranneberger worked as a member of Assistant Secretary Crocker's Southern Africa team negotiating independence for Namibia and the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola.

From 1989-1992, Mr. Ranneberger served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Asuncion, where he was involved in supporting the post-Stroessner democratic transition. While Deputy Director for Central American Affairs during 1992-1994, he helped oversee implementation of the peace accords in El Salvador and efforts to end the internal conflict in Guatemala.

After working as a Special Assistant to Under Secretary Armacost from 1984 to 1985, Mr. Ranneberger was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

Mr. Ranneberger obtained a B.A. from Towson State University in Baltimore and an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of four Superior Honor Awards from the Department.

Appointment Date: 11/16/99
Oath of Office: 12/17/99

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