MFO Director General

Ambassador David M. Satterfield

Ambassador David M. Satterfield was appointed Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers by the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel and assumed office on 1 July 2009. He is a former career Senior Foreign Service Officer of the United States, retiring after 30 years of U.S. government service with the rank of Career Minister. His last position before this appointment was as Coordinator for Iraq and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.

Prior to that, he served as U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq, Principal Deputy Assistant and Assistant Secretary of State (Acting) for Near Eastern Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon. From August 2013 until January 2014, Ambassador Satterfield served as U.S. Chief of Mission in Egypt while on leave of absence from the MFO; from May to September 2014, he advised the Secretary of State on Libya while remaining MFO Director General.


His Middle Eastern experience spans 35 years and also includes assignments in Syria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and two tours in Lebanon. Among other positions, Ambassador Satterfield served as Director for Near Eastern Affairs on the National Security Council Staff, Director of Arab and Arab-Israeli Affairs in the Department of State, and Middle East Peace envoy. His languages include Arabic and French.

Ambassador Satterfield attended the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.