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Leslie V. Rowe


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Acting Special Representative, Office of Global Health Diplomacy
Term of Appointment: 01/14/2013 to present
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Ambassador Leslie Rowe serves as Acting Special Representative in the Office of Global Health Diplomacy. In this role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office, fulfilling the mission to support ambassadors as they engage in diplomatic efforts to advance our global health goals and 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 served as U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique, representing the Embassy on issues relating to global health, regional security, democracy and good governance, food security, and the promotion of bilateral trade.

From 2006 to 2009, she was U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and also served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2003 to 2006 at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, 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 Human Resources Office from 1993 to 1994 and was Country Desk Officer for Chile from 1992 to 1993. From 1988 to 1992 Ambassador Rowe was Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil covering politics, human rights, and economic development in seven states in northeast Brazil. She served as Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 1986 to 1988 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 Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 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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