Ambassador George S. W. Patten, Sr. is a career diplomat with more than two decades of experience in the Liberian Foreign Service. He served in various capacities at the Liberian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and rose through the ranks of the Liberian Foreign Service.
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liberia to the United States of America, Ambassador Patten served as Charge d’affaires, a.i at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations in New York, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liberia to Ethiopia and Kenya. He also served as Permanent Representative of Liberia to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
As the Ambassador of Liberia to the United States, Ambassador Patten is entirely committed to strengthening the deep and longstanding historical and cultural ties subsisting between Liberia and the United States.
He previously served as Minister Counsellor in charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations. His functions included coverage of the United Nations Security Council; the African Union Observer Mission to the United Nations; Expert in the Fourth and Sixth Committees of the UNGA; Peacebuilding Expert and focal point for the Liberia Country-Specific Configuration on the Agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC); focal point of the New Deal for engagement in fragile states; focal point for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P); focal point for peacekeeping activities-represented Liberia in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations; focal point in relation to the International Criminal Court (ICC); focal point on Liberian history and foreign policy, etc. Ambassador Patten had other diplomatic assignments in West, North and East Africa, as Counselor and First Secretary, respectively.
Ambassador Patten has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Liberia, a bachelor’s degree in laws from the St. Mary’s University College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Liberia. He has certificates in diplomacy, public international law, and conflict management and resolution.