His Excellency Mai Sayavongs was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United States of America by His Excellency President Choummaly Sayasone in May 2015. He presented his Credentials to the Honorable President Barack Obama on August 3, 2015 and his term ended in 2019.
He served as Director General of the Department of Asia-Pacific and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 2012 to June 2015. Prior to this, Ambassador Mai Sayavongs was assigned to the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United States of America in 2009 as Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission. Previously, he severed as Deputy Director General of the Department of Europe and America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Beginning of 1991 to the end of 1993, he served at the Lao-Myanmar Bordering Demarcation Committee, where he spent most of his work in the Lao-Myanmar border areas, and in the Topographical Department in Rangoon to do the mapping. In 1996, he served in the Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A career diplomat, Ambassador Mai Sayavongs joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 1982. His first overseas posting was in Washington DC from 1997 to 2003, where he spent six years working at the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as a Third Secretary then Second Secretary.
Between July 2003 to September 2004, he served as the Director of the America Division at the Department of Europe and America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was subsequently promoted as Deputy Director General, and served at the Department of Europe and America from October 2004 to March 2009.
Ambassador Mai Sayavongs was born in 1962, in Houaphanh the northern province of Laos. His family evacuated to Vientiane to escape from the heavy bombardment by the US warplanes during the war in Laos. In late 1982, he won a scholarship to study in the Soviet Union. He graduated with MA in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1988. In 1990, he won a scholarship for English Language Training Course, in Canberra University, in Australia. He also completed his second MA in Asia and International Studies from Griffith University in Australia in 1996. In 2014, he completed his Higher Diploma Program on Politics and Public Administration from the Lao National Academy of Politics and Public Administration in Vientiane. He also attended a training course in Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, in Hawaii, the United States of America in 2004 (2004-1).
In addition, Ambassador Mai Sayavongs is a recipient of 2 Medals of Labor Second Class, 1 Medal of Labor Third Class, and 2 Crosses of Labor.
Ambassador Mai Sayavongs is married to Mrs. Soumaly Sayavongs, and has one daughter and one son.
Madam Soumaly Sayavongs