Obama nominates Indian-American woman as US envoy to Chad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New York
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2016 23:54 IST
A file photo of Geeta Pasi. An Indian-American, Pasi has been named as the next US envoy to Chad by Barack Obama. (Photo courtesy: US State Department)

President Barack Obama has appointed Geeta Pasi, an Indian-American member of the US foreign service, as the next ambassador to Chad.

This is Pasi’s second ambassadorial posting, the White House said on Tuesday. Her first was in Djibouti, also in Africa, from 2011 to 2014.

If confirmed, Pasi will be the third Indian-American currently serving as US ambassador — after Rich Verma in India and Atul Keshap in Sri Lanka — to be appointed by President Obama.

Another Indian-American, Swati Dandekar, who was appointed by Obama to the Asian Development Bank at an ambassador-level position, is awaiting Senate confirmation.

Pasi is a career diplomat, unlike Verma, who is a political appointee and has been serving as director in state department’s human resources wing after her return from Djibouti.

Before Djibouti, Pasi was the director of the office of East African affairs, deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Dhaka and deputy principal officer at the US consulate in Frankfurt.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1988, Pasi has also served in Cameroon, Ghana, India, and Romania.

She has a BA degree from Duke University and an MA from New York University.

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