The new US Deputy Ambassador in Tirana, speaks Albanian: I look forward to discovering our new home
The American Embassy in Tirana, has presented with a short description and a photo on social networks the new deputy ambassador who will come to Tirana.
He is Demian Smith and is a career diplomat. He visited Albania for the first time in 1997, as a tourist, and today shows that he is looking forward to returning to the Western Balkans and to Albania, which he calls his new home. Demian also speaks Albanian, in addition to some foreign languages ??he speaks.
His full biography:
An American career diplomat, Demian Smith took office as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, in July 2021. Previously, he served as Deputy. Acting Ambassador and Political and Economic Adviser at the US Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, overseeing our close partnership and assisting in leading the U.S. Mission in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on the Christchurch Mosque and a volcanic eruption.
Previously, he served as Chief of Staff to the State Department Adviser, managing special diplomatic projects for Secretary of State John Kerry. His duties in Washington include Special Assistant to the Office for East Asia and Pacific Affairs and the Secretary's Policy Planning Cabinet. Abroad, he has served in Thailand, Serbia and India.
Demian is active in advising and recruiting young people at the State Department, with a particular focus on the Hispanic community, and is a member of the Hispanic Employees' Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies. He speaks Albanian, Serbian and Spanish, as well as a little French and German.
Prior to joining the State Department, he was director of the Atlantic Council, a high school teacher, a school bus driver, and a chef at a medieval-themed theater restaurant.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Demian is a graduate of William & Mary College and National Defense University. Demian and his wife Susanne Sell have three energetic children and two long-haired cats.