The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (Libya AmCham) is pleased to announce that Ambassador Richard B. Norland has agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman of the organization.

In the future, it is expected that the U.S. Mission to Libya and Libya AmCham will collaborate on activities designed to support the investment of U.S. businesses in Libya, as well as foster partnerships between Libyan and U.S. businesses.

Debbie Hirst, Director of Libya AmCham, stated, “We are honored that Ambassador Norland has joined us in this role. We are all working hard to contribute positively to the development of Libya, and Ambassador Norland’s support of our efforts as well as his recognition of the value that an organization such as Libya AmCham can bring are greatly appreciated.”

“As the international community works through the UN to bring the Libya conflict to an end, I am pleased to support the efforts of Libya AmCham to promote opportunities for U.S. firms to operate in Libya in the energy, electricity, security, and health care sectors,” said Ambassador Norland.

“I look forward to working with AmCham Libya in advancing American commercial interests with the goal of helping to boost Libya’s economic output for the benefit of all Libyans.”

Scott Eisner, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, “We are pleased to see Ambassador Norland’s involvement with AmCham Libya. U.S. Ambassadors often serve in this role at AmChams around the world and provide valuable insights and support. We look forward to seeing the economic strides that Libya will make in the years to come.”

About AmCham Libya

AmCham Libya’s mission is to support American companies and to facilitate their entry into the Libyan market. We do this by providing a range of business services to our members and by creating an environment in which American and Libyan business people can identify and address common areas of interest regarding commercial opportunities in Libya.

About Ambassador Norland (

Ambassador Norland was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Libya on August 1, 2019. A career diplomat, Ambassador Norland most recently served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission in Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Mission in Latvia. He has also served as the International Affairs Advisor/Deputy Commandant at the National War College, as a Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, and as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.