David K. Young took his new position as DCM in Ouagadougou in September 2015.
David served as Economic and Commercial Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, Iraq from July 2014 to July 2015, responsible for promoting U.S.-Basrah commercial, economic, and energy engagement. He served as AF Economic Policy Staff Deputy Director 2012-2014, managing U.S. economic policy initiatives toward 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Young previously served as State Liaison to the Millennium Challenge Corporation in the Economic Bureau Office of Development Finance.
David previously worked as Minerals and Energy Officer at U.S. Embassy Pretoria and Energy, Telecom, and Science Officer at U.S. Embassy Ankara. David also served in the Economic Bureau Energy Office, Libreville, Paris, and Mumbai.
Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Young worked as a Relationship Manager at the First National Bank of Chicago. He garnered an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Zoology from Miami University. In previous lives, Mr. Young served as a Peace Corps fisheries volunteer in Cameroon and worked in Olympic National Park and Forest. He has trekked the Himalayas and Mount Ararat, traversed the Sahara Desert, swam across the Bosporus, and is an avid cyclist. A native of Cleveland, he is married to Cynthia Young who has introduced him to the joy of choral singing and theatre. They have two daughters. Mr. Young speaks Turkish, French, Spanish and a smattering of Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, and a few African dialects.