OECD Global Forum: Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy


Nicholle Manz-Baazaoui

Women's Civic, Economic, and Political Empowerment



Nicholle Manz-Baazaoui is a career Foreign Service Economic Officer with the United States Department of State. She has extensive experience in international relations and has led multi-cultural teams across four continents and in multilateral organizations. Nicholle is currently serving as a Senior Policy Advisor and Director for Women’s Civic, Economic, and Political Empowerment within the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. She recommends and coordinates U.S. foreign policy around the world. She has fostered international support to promote sound economic policies and programs, gender equity and equality, and prosperity and stability around the globe with the close collaboration of officials from across U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. Throughout her career, Nicholle served as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil, Ecuador; as an Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria; as the U.S. Mission Economist to the OECD in Paris, France; as Political and Economic Counselor at both the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the U.S. Embassy to Yemen; and as Consul General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She also served as an International Economist in Washington, D.C. in the State Department Economic Bureau’s Offices of Economic Sanctions Coordination, and the Office of Monetary Affairs. She most recently served as the Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. Nicholle has received multiple Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards throughout her State Department career and is fluent in Spanish, French, and Arabic. Nicholle obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, majoring in International Relations; Spanish Language and Literature; and Latin American and Iberian Studies. During the course of her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester abroad studying politics and economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico. She later received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a focus on International Finance and Development, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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