Phillip Carter is the former US Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea, with expertise in human rights, political-economic reform, good governance, security sector assistance, counter-terrorism, social and health development, business facilitation, and conflict prevention.
Ambassador Carter previously served as the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement at the U.S. Africa Command. During previous tours in Washington, Ambassador Carter was a Senior Advisor, Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Africa Bureau as well as Director for West African Affairs and Deputy Director in the Office for East African Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Carter worked as a financial economist dealing with international debt and capital matters. In addition to Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea, Ambassador Carter worked at diplomatic missions in Gabon, Madagascar, Malawi, Bangladesh, Canada, and Mexico. Ambassador Carter is the recipient of several prestigious awards from the U.S., Ivoirian and Malagasy governments. Ambassador Carter earned a M.A.in international and development economics from Yale University and a B.A. in economics and history from Drew University. He speaks French and Spanish.