U.S. President Joe Biden is set to nominate career diplomat Gautam Rana as the new U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Slovakia. In a statement on Wednesday, the White House announced the president’s intent to send Rana’s nomination for further ratification.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, U.S. – with rank of Counselor, Mr. Rana is currently Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Algeria and was the Charge d’Affaires ad interim there from August 2020 to February 2022. Earlier, Mr. Rana served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Among other positions, Mr. Rana was Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff and the Deputy Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
Gautam Rana also served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and worked in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the UAE.
He has degrees in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University. Gautam is married, with two children.
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