During a 32-year Foreign Service career, Amb. Richard H. Jones served in such energy producers as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Kazakhstan. After his retirement from the Foreign Service in 2008, Amb. Jones joined the International Energy Agency, an independent international organization within the rubric of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, as its Deputy Executive Director. The IEA is charged with furthering the energy security of its members, including the United States. In addition to his managerial and policy duties at the IEA, Amb. Jones conducted outreach on energy issues to important non-member countries including China, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Mexico. Amb. Jones is fluent in Arabic, French, German, and Russian.