The United States Embassy in Georgetown on Friday announced the arrival of the new Deputy Chief of Missions,Bryan D. Hunt.
According to a statement from the embassy, Mr Hunt arrived in Guyana Wednesday, August 7, to assume duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Georgetown. The embassy said prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from July 2011 to July 2013, handling bilateral relations with the countries of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
The Embassy statement added that Deputy Chief of Mission Hunt is a career Foreign Service Officer with extensive service in South Asia and Africa.
“He served as Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from July 2009 to October 2010, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan from July 2006 to July 2009, and Political Officer in Islamabad, Pakistan from August 2004 to July 2006. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Hunt served in several African countries. He was the Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from August 2000 to August 2002; Consular and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana from September 1998 to August 2000; and Political, Economic, and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau from September 1996 to July 1998”, the release noted.
According to the Embassy, Deputy Chief of Mission Hunt has received various Department of State awards, including the Superior Honor Award, Meritorious Honor Award, and Franklin Award.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the American University School of International Service. He was doing graduate work in international development at the Elliot School of Foreign Affairs at George Washington University at the time when he joined the Foreign Service. Mr. Hunt speaks Portuguese, as well as limited German and Urdu.
Guyana and the United States have shared close diplomatic and bilateral relations for decades.