Peter Haas ’88 Nominated for U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh

Peter Haas
Peter Haas ’88

July 12, 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus Peter Haas ’88 has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh.

Haas, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State and concurrently as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, for the Department of State.

Previously, Haas was Senior Advisor/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations for the State Department and prior to that was the Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France.

Over his career, Haas has served in positions across five geographic bureaus of the State Department including as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, India.

Haas holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and German from Illinois Wesleyan. He went on to attend the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, where he earned master’s degrees in both the politics of the world economy and comparative government. He is the recipient of the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence and the Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement by Senior Officers. He is also the 2004 recipient of Illinois Wesleyan’s Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award.