Irvin “Irv” Hicks Jr. is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania. Mr. Hicks is a second generation Foreign Service Officer who spent his formative years growing up in Africa and Europe. Upon graduating from grade school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and high school in Berlin, West Germany; Mr. Hicks received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University where he majored in International Affairs and African studies. Mr. Hicks also received a Master’s of Arts degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, and a Masters of Arts degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Hicks worked for several non-government agencies that included the African-American Institute, Entrepreneurs International, and the U.S.-South African Leadership Exchange Program. He also served on Senator Edward Kennedy’s foreign policy staff, and worked as a corporate executive for General Motors’ Africa and Middle East Operations. Mr. Hicks has served as Management Officer for U.S. missions in Guinea, Nigeria, Mauritius, Brazil, Burundi, Sierra Leone, and Gabon. His Washington, D.C. assignments include the Office of Management Policy, Right-sizing and Innovation, as well as the Africa Bureau where he served as a Management Counselor rover.
Mauritania is Mr. Hicks’ 37th country on the continent.
Proficient in French, Mr. Hicks also speaks Portuguese, German, and Amharic.