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Ambassador Dana Shell Smith (Photo: Dept. of State)

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith presented her credentials to HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on September 8, 2014. Ambassador Smith was confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar on July 10, 2014.  Previously, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs from 2011 to 2014 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Media. 

Prior to her assignments in the Bureau of Public Affairs, Ambassador Smith was the Department's Regional Arabic Language Spokesperson in Dubai.  She served in a number of positions including as Senior Advisor to the Director General and overseas tours of duty in Taipei, Amman, Tel Aviv/Gaza, and Cairo. 

Ambassador Smith is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and speaks Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Hebrew.  She is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego.  Ambassador Smith is married to Diplomatic Security Officer Ray Smith and they have two children. 

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  • Fake Social Media Accounts Claiming to be Ambassador Dana Shell Smith

    We have recently been made aware of fake social media accounts claiming to be Ambassador Dana Shell Smith.  These accounts purporting to be Ambassador Smith were used in attempts to scam people out of money and are fake.  If you are contacted by someone claiming to be the Ambassador and who asks for money, please do not respond and never promise money or favors to someone who contacts you in this manner. The only official, verified social media accounts belonging to the Ambassador and the U.S. Embassy in Doha are listed on our website.  Any official correspondence from the U.S. Embassy or an Embassy official will be from a properly formatted U.S. Department of State email address ending in  The Embassy is working with Qatari authorities to investigate this matter. If you have been approached by these impostors, or have other useful information on the case, please contact and also report the incident to