San Francisco, February 22, 2013 — On February 22, The Asia Foundation hosted Ambassador Dan W. Mozena, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, for an informal lunch discussion at its San Francisco headquarters. The discussion focused on Bangladesh’s strengths and booming economy, and the U.S. – Bangladesh relationship.
Since presenting his Letters of Credence to the Honorable President of Bangladesh on November 24, 2011, Ambassador Mozena has worked to deepen U.S.-Bangladesh relations and to promote a Bangladesh that is peaceful, secure, prosperous, healthy, and democratic.
Ambassador Mozena and his staff forge strong partnerships with the Bangladesh government and civil society to bolster Bangladeshi food security and nutrition, improve health, and increase capacity to cope with climate change, natural disasters, and other security challenges. To better understand the diversity of Bangladesh, Ambassador Mozena has undertaken to visit all of the country’s 64 districts.
Ambassador Mozena had previously served in Bangladesh as Political/Economic Counselor from 1998 – 2001. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mozena was U.S. Ambassador to Angola from 2007 – 2010. Ambassador Mozena was born and raised on a family dairy farm in northeast Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University (Political Science and History), and later from graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Public Administration and Political Science). He lived in Nepal in 1970 – 1971 as part of a cultural exchange.
The Asia Foundation has been working in Bangladesh since 1954. Today the Foundation’s programs focus on promoting fair elections, effectiveness and transparency of the parliament, giving voice to rural micro enterprise, assisting the disadvantaged in accessing justice, building trust between police and communities, engaging religious and secular leaders to advance national development efforts, and promoting pragmatic dialogue on Bangladesh-India relations. Read more on the Foundation’s website.
Read more about Ambassador Mozena in an upcoming edition of In Asia, The Asia Foundation’s highly regarded weekly blog. The Asia Foundation’s Washington DC office will host Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities featuring Ambassador Mozena on February 27, 2013. Please click here for more information.