Deputy Chief of Mission
Christopher J. Datta
Christopher Datta began his career in the Foreign Service in the United States Information Agency (USIA). His first assignment was to Madras in Southern India.
In 1993 he was assigned to Khartoum as the Public Affairs Officer (PAO). In 1994 he then was sent to Eritrea as the PAO. At this time he was also sent TDY to Rwanda to help reopen our embassy following the genocide there. He received a Superior Honor Award for this service.
From 1996 to 1998, he was the desk officer for Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon at USIA. He also spent two TDY tours in Beirut as the acting PAO.
From 2001 to 2003 he was the Deputy Director in the Office of West African Affairs. During that time, he was sent to be Chargé at our embassy in Freetown for one month at the end of the civil war there, and then went to Monrovia, Liberia in 2003 to be Chargé for several weeks during the civil war in that country.
He was Consul General in Juba from January 2008 to April of 2009.
He returned to Juba as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the newly opened American Embassy on July 1, 2011.