Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is the ambassador Malta. Upon her nomination in 2011, she became the first foreign service officer assigned to Malta since 1985. She is a career diplomat who joined the service in 1985. She has served in Iraq, Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. . Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley has also served as Director for Near East South Asian Affairs, Senior Advisor for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Department of Defense and as Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.