Peter W. Bodde, former U.S. Ambassador to Libya, returned on November 15, 2018 to serve as Chargé d’Affaires to the Libya External Office in Tunis. Ambassador Bodde is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. His leadership was recognized by the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for his work promoting democracy, protecting U.S. citizens, and help leading the international response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. The strong relationships that he has forged among diverse communities in Libya are essential as Libyans prepare to seize the critical opportunity to set their country on course for a brighter future for all its citizens.
Ambassador Bodde previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Libya External Office (2016-2017), U.S. Ambassador to Nepal (2012-2015), Assistant Chief of Mission for Assistance Transition at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq (2010-2012) and as Ambassador to Malawi at U.S. Embassy Lilongwe (2008-2010). He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at both U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (2006-2008) and at U.S. Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal (1994-1997), as well as Principal Officer at the U.S Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany (2002-2006). Prior to that, he served as Director of the Department’s Office of Management Policy (2000-2002), and as Administrative Counselor at U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India (1997-2000). Ambassador Bodde also served as Administrative Officer at both U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, Denmark (1990-1994) and at U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria (1988-1990). His early assignments in the Foreign Service included serving as Special Assistant in the Department’s Bureaus of Diplomatic Security and Administration, as Budget and Fiscal Officer, U.S. Embassy Kathmandu, and as Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana. Before the Foreign Service, he worked for the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Bodde earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1976. He has won numerous Department performance awards. He speaks German, Bulgarian, and Nepali.