Indian-American diplomat Gautam Rana appointed ambassador to Slovakia
WASHINGTON, May 26: U.S. President Joe Biden is set to name career diplomat Gautam Rana as the new U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Slovakia, the latest Indian-American to be appointed to a key post.
In a statement released Wednesday, the White House announced the president’s intention to send Rana’s nomination for further ratification.
Career member of the Senior Foreign Service, United States – with the rank of Counsellor, Rana is currently Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Algeria and served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim there from August 2020 to February 2022.
Previously, Rana served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Acting Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Among other positions, Rana served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Counselor to the Minister for Political Affairs at the United States Embassy in New Delhi.
Rana has also served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and has worked in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, the House statement said. White.
Rana earned BA and BS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and an MA from National Defense University.
Besides English, he speaks Hindi, Spanish and Gujarati.
Last month, Biden named Indian-American diplomat Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen as his envoy to Mali, the third appointment of an Indian-American in more than a month.
In March, President Biden named two American Indians as American envoys. He appointed diplomat Puneet Talwar as the country’s ambassador to Morocco and political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as his envoy to the Netherlands. (PTI)