Ambassador Dennis K. Hays
Ambassador Hays joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1976 and served overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, and South America. He also worked as an advance man for presidential and vice presidential visits overseas and was twice elected president of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the union and professional voice of the Foreign Service worldwide.
Ambassador Hays was the coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the Department of State from 1993 to 1995 and served as director of the Office for Mexican Affairs the following year. He was the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname from February 1997 to June 2000.
After leaving government service, Ambassador Hays was the executive vice president of the Cuban American National Foundation from July 2000 to October 2003 and managing director of the Washington, D.C.-based Global and Government Affairs practice of Tew Cardenas LLP until joining Thorium Power in 2006.
Ambassador Hays has been awarded the State Department's Superior Honor Award four times (1981, 1987, 1991, and 1995) and the Meritorious Honor Award once (1979). He received the Christian Herter Award for Intellectual Courage in 1996 and the Order of the Palm from the Republic of Suriname in 2000. He earned an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Florida and a master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is also a 1993 graduate of the National War College.