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|Area :||Kairaba Avenue|
|Address :||Kairaba Avenue, Fajara
|First Name :||American|
|Job Title :||Embassy in The Gambia|
Welcome to the Embassy of the United States of America in Banjul, The Gambia. Located on Kairaba Avenue in the Fajara District of Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia, the U.S. Mission consists of two U.S. Government agencies: the Department of State, with 9 American and 77 locally employed staff, and the Peace Corps, with 2 American staff and 105 volunteers.
Edward M. “Ned” Alford has been selected by U. S. President Barack Obama to serve as the U. S. Ambassador to The Gambia. Ambassador Alford, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with a rank of Minister Counselor, was born in Kentucky, earned a B.A. in Politics and German at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and served in the U.S. Army for three years.
Mr. Alford joined the Foreign Service in December 1978. Early overseas postings included service as a consular officer in Manama, Bahrain; Nairobi, Kenya; and management officer in Leningrad, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Windhoek, Namibia. Alford also served as a general services officer at the embassies in Rome, Italy, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mr. Alford served as Management Minister Counselor in Moscow, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Baghdad, Iraq.
In Washington, Alford’s State Department assignments have included Post Management Officer for East Africa; Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management; and Executive Director of the Bureaus of South Central Asia and Near East Asia Affairs. Alford was Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management until July 2009 when he was named Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mr. Alford speaks German, Russian and Arabic. He is married with three children.