Robert G. Houdek

Robert G. Houdek  served as the first US Ambassador to Eritrea (1993-96), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1991-93), Chief of Mission in the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1988-91), and Ambassador to Uganda (1985-88). In 1991, Ambassador Houdek was awarded the President’s Exceptional Service Medal for his role in evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the last days of the Ethiopian civil war. Ambassador Houdek is currently working as a consultant on African affairs (Africa Inquiry, LLC) and as the Vice President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), representing the retiree community.