President Biden has appointed American Indian Gautam Rana Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of counsellor, Rana is currently Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy in Algeria. Previously, he served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim there from August 2020 to February 2022. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Among other positions, he served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Embassy in New Delhi. He also served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and worked in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining the Assistant Secretary’s staff, he was Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried. He also served as Political Advisor to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Khost, Afghanistan, from February to July 2008, and Political Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority Governance Team. in Mosul, Iraq, from 2003 to 2004.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Rana was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York and a civil rights officer at the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium. Rana has varying levels of fluency in Hindi, Gujarati, Spanish and Arabic. He holds 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 National Defense University. He is married and the father of two children.