H.E. Frederic Hof

Director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

H.E. Hof was conferred the rank of Ambassador by President Obama in connection with his new duties as special adviser for transition in Syria. Hof was previously the special coordinator for regional affairs in the US Department of State's Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.

He joined the State Department in 2009 after serving as the President and CEO of AALC, an international business consulting and project finance firm.

Hof's professional life has focused largely on the Middle East. In 2001 he directed the Jerusalem field operations of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee headed by former US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and was the lead drafter of the Committee's 2001 report. In 1983, as a US Army officer, he helped draft the Long Commission Report, which investigated the October 1983 bombing of the US Marine headquarters at Beirut International Airport. Both reports drew considerable international praise for fairness and integrity.

Frederic received his MA from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a BA from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. While in the US Army he studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Tunisia.