Helen La Lime

Ambassador Helen La Lime is a Senior Advisor in ASG’s Africa practice, where she draws on her 38-year career as a U.S. diplomat to support clients throughout the African continent.

Most recently, Ambassador La Lime served as U.S. Ambassador to Angola and Director of U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, which helps organize U.S. military cooperation programs in Africa. She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’ Affaires in South Africa, one of the U.S. Department of State’s largest missions on the continent.

Additionally, Ambassador La Lime served as U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique and Deputy Chief of Mission in Rabat. In these roles, she helped expand U.S. business relationships in Mozambique and Morocco through the ratification of a trade and investment framework agreement and a free trade agreement.

Previous foreign service assignments include a tour as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in N’djamena, Chad, a year at the National War College, an assignment in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in the U.S Department of State, and service as Consul General in Zurich, Switzerland. She has also held a range of consular and administrative positions at U.S. missions in Warsaw, Bern, and Stuttgart.

She earned a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.S. from National Defense University. She has received the Superior Honor Award, Meritorious Honor Award, and Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Department of State. She speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Polish.