THE Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam has welcomed Craig B Allen as the incoming US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam.
Prior to his nomination to be the 12th US Ambassador to Brunei, Allen served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
He was later assigned as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for China.
In a video greeting to the people of Brunei Darussalam, Ambassador Allen said, “As the personal representative of President Barack Obama, I look forward to building upon the friendship between our two nations that dates back to 1845.”
The incoming ambassador added that he and his family are excited to begin a new chapter of their lives in Brunei Darussalam.
Craig Allen was sworn in as the US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on January 30, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Craig Allen has been working for the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration since 1985.
He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern and, in this capacity, rotated through the four branches of the ITA.
From 1986 to 1988, he worked as an International Economist in the ITA China Office.
In 1988, Craig was transferred from Washington to the American Institute in Taiwan where he served as the Director of the American Trade Centre in Taipei. He held this position until 1992.
In 1992, Craig returned from the American Institute in Taiwan and re-joined the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting in Beijing.
During this period, he served as the Commercial Attaché with responsibilities for the chemical sector, consumer goods and medical equipment.
In 1995, Craig and his family was transferred from the American Embassy in Beijing to the American Embassy in Tokyo.
Initially, Craig served as a Commercial Attaché with responsibilities for consumer goods and standards.
In 1998, he was promoted to the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer position with responsibilities for the entire section.
In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service.
In 2000, Craig and his family departed Tokyo for a two-year tour of duty at the National Center for Apec in Seattle.
In Seattle, he worked on the Apec Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico.
In 2002, Craig and his family moved to Beijing for a three-year stint as the Senior Commercial Officer at the US.