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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Energy Roundtable: Ms. Sue Saarnio, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

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Date & time

Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:30 am ‑ 11:00 am


Washington, DC


Matthew Calardo at (202) 595-2669 or

This is an energy-focused roundtable discussion with the new Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Ms. Sue Saarnio.



Sue Saarnio is the Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources. She is a career Foreign Service Officer with more than 30 years of experience.

She previously served as Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Canada, Mexico and Regional Economic Policy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Ms. Saarnio has also served as Director of Canadian Affairs at the State Department in Washington and as the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Ottawa. She has served in the State Department’s Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Bureau as Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs and Director for Multilateral Trade Affairs. She was also the U.S. Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds. Earlier in her career, Ms. Saarnio served at U.S. Embassies in Mexico City, Panama, and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Saarnio worked as journalist in Montana and Minnesota. She is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt.