Mike Hankey assumed his duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Amman on August 4, 2019. He most recently headed the Palestinian Affairs Unit at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem from its establishment in early 2019 as the lead for U.S. engagement with the Palestinians. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he was previously deputy to the chief of mission of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem as well as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he led an interagency team promoting commercial and security ties in the heart of the Saudi oil industry.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 2001, Mr. Hankey has led teams to build deep and productive links with political, economic, and media partners across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. In Egypt before and during the Arab Spring, he advanced engagement with both Muslim and Christian communities. In earlier tours, he promoted economic development in northwestern Iraq, American consular and commercial interests in Yemen, and media professionalism in Nigeria. In Washington, he led worldwide media outreach to promote global security, disarmament, and economic prosperity as well as the team advancing American engagement with South Asia audiences.
Mr. Hankey speaks Arabic, French and Tamil. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in international affairs and journalism from George Washington University, with a focus on South Asian studies, and his Master’s Degree in second language education from Indiana University. Prior to the Foreign Service, he worked as a newspaper reporter, as an international affairs editor for a news service covering the United Nations, and in support of U.S. government public affairs outreach on Arab-Israeli and South Asian issues. He has written a textbook for learning Nigerian Pidgin English. He is accompanied in Amman by his wife and their two sons.