Event Details

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

COLOMBIA: Private Meetings with Ms. Yamilee Bastien, (NEW) Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Bogota

Event Information

Date & time

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Washington, DC


Ruby Markham at +1-218-348-1440 or RMarkham@bciu.org

BCIU will schedule individual consultations in Washington, D.C. with Ms. Yamilee Bastien, (NEW) Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Bogota. 

These private meetings allow a member to share updates on their company-specific issues.  Please indicate the amount of time you request for your appointment. 

For more information, please contact Ruby Markham at RMarkham@bciu.org or +1-218-348-1440.


Biographical Information

Yamilee Bastien will serve as the new Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy Bogota.

Ms. Bastien recently completed a four and a half year assignment as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires.  In 2016, she was instrumental in launching the U.S.-Argentina Commercial Dialogue, a mechanism that allows our governments to collaborate in the promotion of two-way trade and investment.  Before her assignment in Buenos Aires, Ms. Bastien served as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy Brasília from 2010 2013.  From 2007 to 2010, she served on a domestic tour at the Miami U.S. Export Assistance Center.

In the 14 years prior to joining the U.S. Commercial Service, Ms. Bastien lived and worked in over a dozen countries.  She began her overseas career with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where she coordinated election-monitoring and legislative reform programs in Haiti, South Africa, Madagascar, and Guyana.  In 1996, she began working as an Advisor to small businesses in Africa, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later as a consultant with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  Ms. Bastien served as an Investing in Women in Development (IWID) Fellow at the USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade for two years.  She has served as an Associate Peace Corps Director in Benin and Guinea, and designed and launched the Small Enterprise Development program for Peace Corps in Guinea in 2003.  With funding from the UNDP and the U.S. Department of State, she also designed and facilitated a series of youth leadership and entrepreneurship training programs in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Togo.    

Ms. Bastien earned her Master of Arts in International Law and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and History, with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from Florida International University.  Ms. Bastien is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and she also speaks Italian and Creole.