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Expert on the 4th (Special Political and Decolonization) Committee of the UN General Assembly, and has responsibility to cover the Security Council, the African Union Observer Mission to the UN, and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Mr. Patten is the Focal Point for the Liberia Country-Specific Configuration on the agenda of the Peace building Commission (PBC), and serves as back-up to the Ambassador in the work of the Commission. He is also the Focal Point for the New Deal for engagement in fragile countries. He attends to some legal matters. Mr. Patten holds a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in International Relations from the University of Liberia. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the St. Mary’s University College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a Bachelor (BBA) Degree in Business Administration from the University of Liberia. He holds other diplomas and certificates in diplomacy, conflict prevention and peace building, and public international law.
Mr. Patten is a career diplomat. He has served both at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Liberian Foreign Service in the following capacities:
Mr. Patten has also worked as an instructor of economics, and international relations.