Stephen Jacques started his assignment as the Commercial Counselor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2011. Prior to his assignment to Malaysia, Stephen was the Commercial Counselor in Tripoli, Libya from 2010-11, until the mandatory evacuation of the U.S. Embassy from Libya in early 2011. He also served as the Deputy Principal Commercial Officer (DPCO) at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai from 2007-2010; as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2001-2006 and at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance (USEAC) office in Houston, Texas from 1998-2000. Prior to joining the Commercial Service in 1998, Stephen worked as a Senior International Trade Analyst from 1988-1998 covering unfair (antidumping) trade cases and trade negotiations in the Department of Commerce’s Office of Import Administration in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Arizona and an MBA in International Business Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Stephen, and his wife Yukiko, arrived in Kuala Lumpur in August 2011 for a four-year assignment. Stephen’s hometown is Phoenix, Arizona.