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Deputy Chief of Mission

Biography

Christopher Rowan began his assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission in December 2012. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Rowan previously served as the Deputy International Civilian Representative of the International Civilian Office (ICO) in Pristina, Kosovo. In that capacity, he assisted in implementing the Comprehensive Status Proposal, a plan for a viable and democratic multi-ethnic state in Kosovo. He served as the Supervisory Regional Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Cairo (2008 – 2010), where he provided advice and coaching to eleven embassies in the region, and headed a team of officers doing similar work around the world.

Mr. Rowan was Consul General at U.S. Embassy Baghdad from 2007 – 2008, and earlier assignments included service at the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Asmara, Sofia, and Muscat, as well as at the Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 1991, Mr. Rowan worked at The Bank of New York in international banking. Prior to that, he served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, an affiliation that he maintained through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 2004.Raised in New York, Mr. Rowan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and he did graduate studies at the Stern School of New York University, receiving an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and International Business.

Mr. Rowan is married, and he and his wife Eleanor have two teen-aged children.