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Term of Appointment: 01/14/2013 to present

Ambassador Leslie Rowe serves as Acting Special Representative in the Office of Global Health Diplomacy. She is responsible for leading her team to support ambassadors, as they engage in diplomatic efforts to advance our global health goals, and working with our partners, help countries eventually own their health care response.

As a Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Rowe has served our nation in a number of positions at posts throughout the globe. From 2010 to 2012, she was U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique, representing the Embassy on issues relating to global health, democracy and good governance, regional security, food security, and the promotion of bilateral and regional trade. She led the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative, coordinating the activities of USAID, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Peace Corps, State Department and the Department of Defense, to save lives and support the sustainability of health programs in Mozambique.

From 2006 to 2009, she was U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Papua New Guinea she led U.S. agencies to significantly increase country-wide health programs, improving medical services to HIV positive individuals. She also supported programs to empower Pacific women and led the U.S. response to several tsunamis and earthquakes, overseeing crucial U.S. emergency assistance. As the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2003 to 2006, she managed the largest U.S. Mission in Sub-Saharan Africa, comprised of 18 government agencies with extensive regional responsibilities. She oversaw implementation of complex foreign policy issues, including counterterrorism, regional maritime security, development of democratic institutions and the establishment of the PEPFAR program in Kenya.

From 2000 to 2003, she served as Consul General in Bangkok, Thailand with regional responsibilities for U.S. Embassies in Burma, Cambodia and Laos. She was Consul General in Lisbon, Portugal from 1996 to 2000 and was the first Director of the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues from 1994 to 1996. She also served in the State Department Human Resources Office (1993 to 1994) and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (1992 to 1993). From 1988 to 1992 Ambassador Rowe was Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil, covering politics, human rights, economic development and promoting bilateral trade in seven states in northeast Brazil. From 1986 to 1988, she served as Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica and was a consular officer in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1984 to 1986.

Ambassador Rowe holds a B.A. from Washington State University, an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was Director of the International Office at Tufts University.

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