E. Allan Wendt (born 1935 in California) is an American diplomat. Previously, Ambassador Wendt was a member of the International Network Group of de Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co., an investment, asset management, and strategic consulting firm based in Zurich and Geneva.
Ambassador Wendt has been a career Chief of Mission in the U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of Ambassador. He has held senior level positions in Washington dealing with energy, commodities, strategic trade, technology transfer and export controls. He has served overseas in Germany, Vietnam, Belgium, Egypt, and in Slovenia, where he was the first American Ambassador, serving from 1992 to 1995.
From 1975 to 1979, Ambassador Wendt was Director of the Office of International Commodities at the Department of State. From 1981 to 1986, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy and Resources Policy. The Secretary of State appointed Ambassador Wendt Senior Representative for Strategic Trade and Technology Policy in May 1987. In July 1988, following confirmation by the Senate, the President accorded him the rank of Ambassador.
Ambassador Wendt holds a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Department of State Superior Honor Award, and the Department’s Award for Heroism for his performance at the American Embassy in Saigon during the Vietcong Tet offensive in 1968. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and is a Councillor of the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy. His foreign languages are French, German and Spanish.
Ambassador Wendt holds a Master of Public Administration (economics) from Harvard, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and a BA magna cum laude from Yale.
Today he is based in Washington, DC as an International Affairs Consultant.