Scott DeLisi (’80) Begins Assignment as Ambassador to Uganda
JULY 6, 2012—"It has been an honor to serve as the American Ambassador here," said Scott H. DeLisi (’80) in a June 21, 2012, farewell Facebook posting to Nepal, "and I hope we have made progress together in building the ties between our nations." A few days later, DeLisi left Nepal to undertake his new assignment as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda.
DeLisi began his ambassadorship to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in March 2010, but President Obama cut short the typically three-year assignment by nominating DeLisi for the Uganda posting in January 2012. With recent Senate confirmation of DeLisi and his Nepal replacement, Peter Bodde, both ambassadors now are beginning their new duties.
In March DeLisi told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that if confirmed as ambassador, he would "continue to work with Uganda to address a number of ongoing challenges in terms of broad economic development and the nurturing of a democratic political culture." Additional goals: "to improve the quality and accessibility of health services and to address Uganda's most pressing health concerns," and to pursue a "more productive and more prosperous society where protection of citizens' political and personal freedoms is a priority for all."
Before his Nepal posting DeLisi, a career Senior Foreign Service officer, was the Director of Career Development and Assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Human Resources and oversaw staffing at all U.S. embassies, including the Missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Previously, as the Director for Entry Level Programs, he helped prepare new Foreign Service officers for their challenging work.
DeLisi has served as Ambassador to the State of Eritrea; Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana; and Vice Counsel and Chief of Political Section in Sri Lanka. In addition, he has held postings in India, Madagascar, and Pakistan and was the Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs among other assignments in Washington, D.C.