Bemidji native Dennis Hankins appointed U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Guinea

Dennis Hankins, a Bemidji native and long-time State Department official, has been named U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea in West Africa.

Hankins was appointed this week by President Obama. 

Since 2012, he’s been Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hankins graduated from Bemidji High in 1977 and attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and also studied at the National War College, said the Bemidji Pioneer.

Hankins served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khatoum, Sudan, from 2010-2012 and at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 2007-2010.

Other postings include 

  • Deputy director at the Department of State’s Office of Peacekeeping in the Bureau of International Organizations from 2005-2007
  • Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2004-2005
  • Deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 2001-2004
  • Political and economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, from 1999-2001
  • Political and economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1996-1998

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