Mark Storella is the current Ambassador to Zambia. He was nominated by President Obama on May 26, 2010 and confirmed by Congress on August 5, 2010.
Mark C. Storella was sworn in as President Obama’s personal representative and Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia on August 30, 2010. He presented his credentials to His Excellency President Rupiah Banda on September 21, 2010. He will serve simultaneously as the U.S. Representative to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Ambassador Storella is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He most recently served as the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. From 2007-2009, he was Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. He also served as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs in Geneva from 2006-2007. Ambassador Storella was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2003 to 2006.
Ambassador Storella previously served at U.S. Embassies in Rome, Phnom Penh, Paris and Bangkok. He has served at the Department of State as Executive Assistant to the Counselor and on the Japan and NATO desks. Ambassador Storella was Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University from 2001-2002 where he was also an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on humanitarian action. He is author of monographs and articles on such diverse topics as multilateral arms control, humanitarianism in conflict situations and U.S.-Japan trade.
Ambassador Storella was the 2009 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, granted by American Citizens Abroad. He received his A.B. from Harvard College, and holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His foreign languages are French, Khmer, Italian and Thai.