Deputy Chief of Mission Mikael Cleverley

Mikael Cleverley currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Prior to assuming these duties in July 2022, Mikael served as the Deputy Director for Regional Affairs in the African Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, where he facilitated the Bureau’s multilateral engagement, foreign assistance, and strategic planning, as well as U.S. initiatives in Africa related to democracy and human rights.  His other diplomatic assignments include tours in Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Lusaka, Yaounde, Geneva, and Washington, where he worked on political, economic, and commercial issues.  In Geneva, Mikael supported U.S. assistance to Africa, in partnership with U.S. humanitarian partners, including UNHCR, IOM, and ICRC.  In 2019, Mikael completed an MA in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University, where he graduated with distinction and was recognized for his research on the nexus between trade and security in Africa.

Mikael has a BA in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and an MBA in international finance from the Helsinki School of Economics.  He is married to Rachel Cleverley, and they are the parents of four sons.