Niels Marquardt has been CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) since October 15, 2013. He is a former American diplomat specialized in economics, with decades of experience promoting international trade and investment. Niels’ final diplomatic assignment was as U.S. Consul General in Sydney, 2010-2013. During a 33-year State Department career, Niels also served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros (2007 – 2010), to the Republic of Cameroon (2004 – 2007), and to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (2004 – 2006). In three of those countries, Niels helped found and launch new AmCham chapters. He also served earlier in his career as an economic officer in France, Germany, Thailand, and the Congo. Niels and his wife Judi are the proud parents of four grown daughters.