"Alberto M. Fernandez, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Department of State. Alberto M. Fernandez has served as US Charge d’Affaires to the Republic of Sudan from June 2007 to May 2009. He has served as Director for Near East Public Diplomacy from 2005-2007, Director for Iraq Public Diplomacy from 2004-2005. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Fernandez has also held senior public diplomacy positions at the US embassies in Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria and Guatemala." White House press release, 22 July 2009
. Search on Fernandez on this website for the back story. I assume he also speaks Spanish, which will be helpful in the former Spanish colony.