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Picture of Leslie V. RoweBIOGRAPHY

Leslie V. Rowe
Ambassador, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
Term of Appointment: 09/05/2006 to present

Leslie V. Rowe was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu on September 5, 2006.  Her previous posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the largest U.S. Embassy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ms. Rowe joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and is a member of the Senior Foreign Service.  Previous assignments include: Consul General in Bangkok, Thailand; Consul General in Lisbon, Portugal; Director of the Office of Children’s Issues at the Department of State; Country Desk Officer for Chile; Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil.  She has also served in San Jose, Costa Rica and in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Ms. Rowe comes from the State of Washington.  She received a B.A. from Washington State University, an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an M.Ed.  from Northeastern University.  She also holds a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Rowe served as Director of the International Office at Tufts University.  She has also taught foreign languages at the secondary school level.

Ms. Rowe speaks French, Portuguese, and Spanish. 



Released on September 5, 2006

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