Ambassador William (Bill) A. Heidt
The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore cordially invites you to attend a special update on political and economic developments in Cambodia with U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt.
Ambassador Heidt brings deep experience in opening and expanding markets to his current position. Supporting American business and expanding the U.S.-Cambodia commercial relationship are his top priorities. Cambodia's developing market economy has grown at an average rate of over seven percent in the last decade, driven largely by an expansion in the garment sector, construction, agriculture, and tourism. Ambassador Heidt will survey the emerging opportunities for U.S. companies in this frontier economy.
About the speaker
Ambassador Bill A. Heidt was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia in September 2015.
Prior to his confirmation, Ambassador Heidt, a career member of the Foreign Service, served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the Department of State. In that role, Ambassador Heidt helped shape U.S. global engagement on international economic, trade, energy, and environmental issues, including Secretarial initiatives on wildlife trafficking, ocean conservation, and economic diplomacy.
From 2009-12, Ambassador Heidt served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Ambassador Heidt’s other overseas tours include assignments in Jakarta, Indonesia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Poznan, Poland. After his tour in Phnom Penh, Ambassador Heidt was awarded the joint Department of State-Department of Labor “Excellence in Labor Diplomacy” award in 2000 in recognition of his outstanding work in support of workers’ rights and independent trade unions in Cambodia.
He has also served in domestic assignments in Washington and in New York as Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 2007-09 where he represented the United States on global development, economic, human rights, and democracy issues.
Ambassador Heidt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University. He speaks Polish, Cambodian, Indonesian, and German.