Visiting Senior Lecturer DUCIS
Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
At his retirement Ambassador Duddy was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama.
Prior to his assignment to Venezuela, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity he was directly responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S.
support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti. At the same time, he also served as the first Western Hemisphere DAS for foreign assistance.
As U.S. Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ambassador Duddy was the ranking American official in the world’s fourth largest city and directed the largest U.S. consulate general in the western hemisphere. In San Paulo, Duddy served as the senior USG liaison to one of the most dynamic and sophisticated business communities in the world and as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo, the largest American Chamber in the world outside the U.S. He also served as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia.
Currently teaching two courses at Duke: a Gate courses at Fuqua focused on Free Trade Agreements in Latin America with a focus on Argentina and Brazil and a public policy course at Sanford focused on U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America after the Cold War.