Minister Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Riyadh
Mr. Amer Kayani, a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service class of Minister Counselor, heads the U.S. Commercial Service in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain based at the U.S. Embassy Riyadh. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Regional Senior Commercial Officer for Egypt, Libya, and Lebanon. Mr. Kayani’s previous assignments include Regional Senior Commercial Officer in Turkey where he led U.S. trade policy and promotion efforts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, North Cyprus, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, Senior Commercial Officer in Pakistan, Director at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s office in Hawaii, Commercial Attaché in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and in various positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Kayani held positions at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
He earned his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and Masters in Economic Development and Management from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. He speaks Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu.
He is the recipient of various honors and awards from both the government and the private sector including the U.S. Department of Commerce’s highest honor, the Gold Medal, for distinguished achievement in the Federal Service, a Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service, and several Meritorious Honor Awards. His persistent efforts for U.S. companies earned him the “IP Award for Excellence in International Intellectual Property Advocacy” from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).