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MATTHEW CASSETTA

Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazzaville, Congo

Matthew Cassetta has been a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for 17 years, and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangui, Central African Republic. Prior to this, he led the United States Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, a multilateral platform of 75 countries and institutions working to sustain biodiversity through inclusive rural development in 10 central African nations.

Matthew has previously held diplomatic postings at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science and at the U.S. Embassy Trinidad and Tobago. During his time in the Caribbean (2009-2010) he conducted extensive outreach in T&T and the E. Caribbean islands of Dominica, St. Lucia & St. Vincent to promote the role of protected areas and parks in sustainable ecotourism and the economic benefits of biodiversity protection. From 2004-2006 Matthew served as Regional Environment Officer for West and Central Africa, based in Libreville, Gabon. He has also served in Brazil and Nicaragua.

Mr. Cassetta is a native of New York State, and holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences. He enjoys hiking, travel and speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.
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