Ms. Cheryl Sim a career member of the Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service and the former political advisor to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, Operation Enduring Freedom, Djibouti. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (2012-14). Prior to that, Ms. Sim was assigned as Deputy Special Representative for Somalia (Counselor for Somalia Affairs) in the Somalia Unit that is currently located at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi (2010-12). From 2007 to 2009, she was the DCM at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Ms. Sim joined the Foreign Service following graduate studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she focused on Southern Asia. She holds five Department of State Superior Honor Awards and five Meritorious Honor awards, and her foreign languages are French, Thai, and Hindi.