Phillip Nelson Named Chargé d’Affaires of U.S. Embassy in Qatar

Chargé d’Affaires Phillip Nelson

Press Release
March 02, 2020

For Immediate Release

The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Phillip Nelson will be the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar effective Monday, March 02, 2020.  In this capacity, Mr. Nelson will represent the United States government and lead the embassy in its diplomatic engagement with the State of Qatar.  Mr. Nelson is a senior career U.S. diplomat with extensive experience in the region.

Mr. Nelson has been a Foreign Service Officer since 1994.  He assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar on August 13, 2018.

Mr. Nelson most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niger.  Previous tours include Baghdad, Rabat, Kinshasa, Vienna, Chisinau, Libreville, and Montreal, as well as the Burundi Desk Officer.  An Economic Officer, Mr. Nelson completed the Foreign Service Institute’s nine-month Economic Course.  Mr. Nelson speaks French, German, Norwegian, and Romanian, as well as limited fluency in Arabic, Russian, and Danish.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Nelson worked as a Financial Management Specialist at the U.S. Department of State.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in German, Norwegian, and Global Studies.  He has a Master’s Degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a Master of Science Degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics.