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Picture of Katherine H. CanavanBIOGRAPHY

Katherine H. Canavan
Ambassador, Republic of Botswana
Term of Appointment: 09/09/2005 to 06/27/2008

Ambassador Katherine H. Canavan was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana on September 8, 2005 and presented her credentials to President Festus Mogae on September 27, 2005. Ambassador Canavan also serves as the Secretary of State’s Special Representative to the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Career Minister, Ambassador Canavan most recently served in Washington as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) from 2001 until 2005. Prior to this, Ambassador Canavan completed a three-year appointment as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho. During that period, the U.S. Embassy in Maseru was active in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. She and other members of the diplomatic corps also worked with both the Government and opposition parties to help resolve a political impasse, which occurred following the June 1998 elections.

From 1996 to 1998, prior to receiving her Ambassadorial appointment, Ambassador Canavan was the Managing Director of Overseas Citizen Services (OCS) in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Her tour in OCS followed three years in Windhoek, Namibia, as the Deputy Chief of Mission.

Ambassador Canavan entered the Foreign Service in 1976, after serving nearly three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She spent the first three and a half years of her career in the Bureau of African Affairs, serving as a regional affairs officer, staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary, desk officer and press officer. In addition to several Washington positions, her other overseas assignments have included Kingston, Jamaica, and Tijuana, Mexico. She was selected for senior training at the National War College (Class of ’93).

Throughout her career, Ambassador Canavan has received numerous awards, including a Presidential Rank Award in 2003, Senior Performance Pay, Superior Honor Awards, and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Ambassador Canavan was born and grew up in Southern California, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks French and Spanish. She is married to Lt. General Michael A. Canavan, US Army retired.



Released on September 9, 2005

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