U.S. Department of State

Dane F. Smith, Jr.
Ambassador to Republic of Senegal

Dane F. Smith, Jr. presented his credentials as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal in September 1996. This is his second assignment to Dakar, where he served as American Consul from 1969 to 1971.

Ambassador Smith entered the Foreign Service in 1967 and was first assigned to the Office of West African Affairs. After his first Senegal tour, he served as Economic Officer in Islamabad in 1972. He was assigned to the Office of Japanese Affairs in 1975, and in 1977 served on the Africa Economic Policy Staff. Following that assignment, he was named Chief of the Economic and Business Bureau's Food Policy Division. Ambassador Smith returned overseas in 1982 as the Economic Counselor in Monrovia. He later served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Gaborone in 1984 and Khartoum in 1986. After Khartoum, he returned to the Economic Policy Staff where he was Director until 1990. He was then appointed Ambassador to Guinea. In 1993, Ambassador Smith served as the diplomat-in-residence at Howard University. Following this assignment, he returned to the Department in 1994 in the Office of West African Affairs as Director.

Ambassador Smith was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 14, 1940. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Tufts University. He speaks French and Arabic.

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