Biden appoints Gautam Rana as envoy to Slovak Republic

Speaking Hindi and Gujarati, Rana is the fourth Native American diplomat appointed as an envoy in recent months

President Joe Biden intends to Indian-American diplomat Gautam A. Rana, currently Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Algeria as United States Ambassador to the Slovak Republic.

Rana, a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service with the rank of adviser, is the fourth Indian-American diplomat to be given an ambassadorial post by Biden in the past two months.

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Rana, who speaks Hindi, Spanish and Gujarati, also served as interim Chargé d’Affaires in Algeria from August 2020 to February 2022, according to a May 25 White House announcement.

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.

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Rana has 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 has worked in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Rana earned BA and BS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and a master’s degree from National Defense University.

Last month, Biden named Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen, deputy assistant secretary and executive director of the combined executive offices of the Bureau of Near East Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department, as envoy. in Mali.

Korhonen, who speaks Hindi, French, Finnish and Arabic, previously had an assignment at the US Consulate General in Mumbai, India.

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Prior to that, Biden appointed a senior Native American official, Puneet Talwar, his longtime aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Talwar has held senior national security and foreign policy positions at the State Department, the White House, and the United States Senate.

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Earlier, Biden appointed Shefali Razdan Duggal, a Native American political activist and Democratic Party fundraiser from California, as US Ambassador to the Netherlands.

Kashmiri born in Haridwar, UP, India, Razdan Duggal, 50, moved to the United States at a very young age and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A mother of two, she served as national women’s co-chair for Biden and vice chair for national finance on the Democratic National Committee.

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