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Michele J. Sison
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives
Michele J. Sison's Story
Ambassador Michele J. Sison was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations as well as Deputy Representative of the United States to the UN Security Council on November 19, 2014. She joined the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on December 6, 2014. Sison previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives (2012-2014), U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (2008-2010), and U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2004-2008). She holds the rank of Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service. Ambassador Sison's other diplomatic assignments include Assistant Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq (2011-2012); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs; Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan; Consul General in Chennai, India; and tours in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, and Haiti. She also served as the State Department’s Director of Career Development and Assignments (2010-11). Ambassador Sison is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and the
U.S. Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. She also holds numerous U.S. Department of State awards, including Superior Honor Awards and Ambassadorial-level awards for her contributions to counter-proliferation (2008) and anti-trafficking in persons efforts (2005). Ambassador Sison earned her B.A. in Political Science at Wellesley College and is the mother of two daughters.