Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ellen B. Thorburn

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ellen B. Thorburn

Ellen Thorburn is the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. to the Republic of the Congo.  She is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor.

Chargé Thorburn has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Khartoum, Sudan, and Lomé, Togo.  As Consul General in Yemen from 2013-15, she was a key player in leading the embassy during the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government and facilitated the evacuation and ultimate closure of the post.  She has also served in Budapest, Benin, Tallinn, Marseille, Port-au-Prince, and Brussels where she was the Senior Consular Representative to the European Union.  In addition, she has served two tours with the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington D.C.  Most recently, she was Senior Advisor to the President of Corporate Council on Africa.

Ms. Thorburn earned a BA in French and a BA in Sociology/Economics from Michigan State University.  She holds a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from George Washington University.  She is a fluent French speaker, having studied in France and served in five Francophone countries.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, theater, swimming, reading and playing with her two cats.