Ambassador Michael Ranneberger is the Senior Representative for Sudan at the US Department of State. He served as Ambassador to Mali from 1999–2002. From July 1995 to July 1999 he served as Coordinator for Cuban Affairs. Immediately prior to assuming the Cuba position, he was assigned to Haiti where he spent six months setting up and running an inter-agency Task Force on Justice and Security-Related Issues. In August 1994, he became Deputy Chief of Mission in Mogadishu. When the Embassy was evacuated in September due to the hazardous security situation, he became Deputy Principal Officer of the reconstituted Somalia Liaison Office in Nairobi. His service as Deputy Chief of Mission in Maputo from 1986-1989 included eight months as Chargé during the civil war and at a time when AID’s emergency assistance program there was one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. As the Angola Desk Officer during 1981–84 he worked as a member of Assistant Secretary Crocker’s Southern Africa team negotiating independence for Namibia and the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola. From 1989–1992, Mr. Ranneberger served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Asuncion, where he was involved in supporting the post-Stroessner democratic transition. While Deputy Director for Central American Affairs during 1992–94 he helped oversee implementation of the peace accords in El Salvador and efforts to end the internal conflict in Guatemala. After working as a Special Assistant to Under Secretary Armacost from 1984–85, he was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. Ambassador Ranneberger obtained a BA from Towson State University in Baltimore and an MA in history from the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of four Superior Honor Awards from the Department.