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Chargé d'Affaires

Ambassador Henry S. Ensher

Ambassador Henry S. Ensher official photo (Photo: State Dept)

Ambassador Henry S. Ensher

Henry S. Ensher assumed his post as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. representing the United States to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency on July 27, 2015.  He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria from 2011 to 2014.

From 2010 to 2011, Ambassador Ensher served in Afghanistan as the Senior Civilian Representative at Regional Command-South in Kandahar.  Prior to his service in Afghanistan,  he directed the Office of Afghanistan Affairs in Washington, D.C., and chaired the Department of Near East and North Africa Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.  He served as Political Adviser at U.S. Central Command from 2007 to 2008, and held other positions in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, including Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, from 2005 to 2007.  Ambassador Ensher also served as Deputy Political Counselor in Baghdad, Iraq, and as Governance Coordinator in Qadisiyah Province, Iraq from 2003-2005.  His other overseas postings include Mexico, Muscat, Tunis, Damascus, Jeddah, Algiers, and Tel Aviv. 

Ambassador Ensher is the recipient of the Department of State Award for Heroism, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and he speaks Arabic and Hebrew.

He is married and is the father of two adult sons.  He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he received a B.A. in Political Science.