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Deputy Chief of Mission

Aruna Amirthanayagam, Deputy Chief of Mission

Aruna Amirthanayagam, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Aruna Amirthanayagam, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Nicholle joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Economic Officer in May of 1998 and speaks English, Spanish and French.  Nicholle is currently the Political and Economic Counselor at the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.  She is responsible for  assessing the impact of political developments in the region and providing recommendations on actions by the United States Government. Nicholle also coordinates with regional and international economic organizations and government officials to resolve market challenges and promote fair practices.
Nicholle works with businesses and government to ensure entities can fairly compete for foreign investment and trade opportunities, and build and maintain positive economic and trade relations between the U.S. and other countries through bilateral and multilateral discussions and negotiations.
Previously, Ms. Manz-Baazaoui served as the U.S. Economic Advisor for Financial and Macroeconomic Affairs to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France; as the Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Algiers, Algeria; and as the Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  In Washington, Nicholle has been assigned as an International Economist in the Economic Bureau’s Office of Sanctions policy, and in the Office of Monetary Affairs as an International Financial Economist responsible for coordinating U.S. foreign policy regarding external debt restructuring and rescheduling.    
Nicholle received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with majors in International Relations, Spanish Literature, and Latin American and Iberian Studies.  In 2008, focusing on economic development and international finance, Nicholle received her Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  
Aruna Amirthanayagam is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.

He is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. His last posting was in Bolivia where he served initially as Counselor for Public Affairs, as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and then as Chargé d’Affaires.

Aruna grew up in Sri Lanka and Britain before moving to the U.S. in 1975 when his father joined the East-West Center in Hawaii. Aruna has a BA with distinction in international relations from Stanford University and an MBA in finance and international business from Cornell University.

After several years in the private sector with Bank of America and IBM, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1990. He served as an economic officer in Haiti, the Philippines, and India as well as a Deputy Director for Mexican Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). From 2000, Aruna worked in public affairs as the cultural attaché in Ethiopia, as desk officer for West Africa in Washington, as the cultural attaché in Kenya and the Counselor for Public Affairs in Singapore.

Aruna’s wife, Vathani, is a former USAID officer who focuses on health and human rights issues. They have a son and a daughter in college in the United States. Aruna enjoys sports, especially cricket, as well as music and travel.