Marc J. Sievers, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, arrived as U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman on January 7, 2016. Prior to his appointment he was a diplomatic fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy from September 2014 to July 2015. Mr. Sievers is the first person to be appointed to this position, which is a collaborative program with the Department of State.
A Foreign Service officer since 1981, Mr. Sievers served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Cairo from September 2011 to August 2014. He previously held a range of posts in Washington and across the Middle East including Political Minister-Counselor in Baghdad (2010-2011), Counselor for Political Affairs in Tel Aviv (2006-2010), and Deputy Chief of Mission in Algiers (2003 – 2006). In 2004, he volunteered as senior adviser to Iraq’s transitional Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. He also served as Political Counselor in Riyadh, Deputy Political Counselor in Ankara, and Political Officer in Rabat and Cairo.
Mr. Sievers received a BA in history from the University of Utah in 1978 and the degree of Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in 1980. He has received numerous awards over his career, including three State Department Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards, and the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Language Award for his achievements in the study of the Arabic language and culture.