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Steven H. Kraft
Charge d'Affaires, Mali
Term of Appointment: 01/01/2005 to present

Steven H. Kraft is a career Foreign Service Officer who joined the Department of State in 1991. Since January 2005, he has served as the Chargé d'Affaires at the U. S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali, where he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Mission in October 2003.

Mr. Kraft’s overseas assignments have included Azerbaijan, Australia, and Sri Lanka.  In 2002, he was the first U.S. diplomat to deploy outside of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, after the fall of the Taliban regime. For several months during that period, Mr. Kraft lived and worked with U.S. Army units in the western part of the country.

Mr. Kraft has held a number of positions at the Department of State. He served in the Executive Secretariat, as Desk Officer for India and Bhutan focusing on Economic and Commercial Affairs, and as the Desk Officer for Zimbabwe and Botswana.  Prior to being commissioned in the Foreign Service, Mr. Kraft worked in personnel management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as an analyst with the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Mr. Kraft holds a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a M.A. in Soviet Studies from the University of Essex in England. He has studied several languages including French, German, Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Sinhala.  Mr. Kraft is the recipient of several Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards. 



Released on April 18, 2005

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