Daniel Shields is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on March 28, 2011.
His previous assignment was as Director of the Office of Mainland Southeast Asia at the State Department. From 2007-2010, Mr. Shields served as the Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy in Singapore. His other overseas assignments have included Political Minister Counselor, Embassy Beijing (2004-2007); Political Section Deputy, Embassy Tokyo (2002-2004); Principal Officer, Consulate Nagoya (1996-1999); Political Officer, Embassy Beijing (1991-1993) and Embassy Tokyo (1987-1989); and Consular Officer, Embassy Manila (1985-1987). In Washington, Mr. Shields served as Economic Deputy in the Office of China and Mongolia (2001-2002); Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1999-2000); and Cambodia Desk Officer (1993-1995).
Mr. Shields received a B.S. degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an M.S. from the National War College.