US Embassy denies report that Chang will be next ambassador to PH

As seen on the August 2019 issue of The Philippine Sentinel

It was initially reported that Mina Chang would succeed outgoing US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. There were reports to media that the White House made the announcement.

Ms. Mina Chang is currently the US State Department deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. She has extensive experience in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Nigeria.

Chang would have been the second female US ambassador to the Philippines after former counsellor of the State Department Kristie Kenney, who served as ambassador to Manila from 2006 to 2009. Chang served as chief executive officer of an international non-government organization.

“Applying insights gleaned from a broad range of civilian and military data sets, data analytics, social science and geo-spatial intelligence capabilities to identify and assist vulnerable communities, the organization worked to isolate root drivers of instability and direct development initiatives to address critical vulnerabilities that non-state actors exploit to further their agenda,” the State Department described Chang’s NGO in its website.

The State Department added that Chang has been an advocate for proactive stabilization as a strategic tool of foreign engagement and an investment in a stronger America abroad.

She is an alumna of the Harvard Business School and a graduate of the US Army War College National Security Seminar.

(SOURCE: Philippine Star)

Updated: 2020-01-05 — 03:20:59