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The Deputy Chief of Mission

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The Deputy Chief of Mission, David E. Brown (State Dept. Images)

The Deputy Chief of Mission, David E. Brown (State Dept. Images)


DAVID E. BROWN is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and became Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo on January 10, 2016. Before this, he was Chargé d'Affaires/Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). His prior African experience includes serving as the Senior Adviser for CAR in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs; Senior Diplomatic Adviser at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS); Senior Adviser to the J-5 (Strategy, Plans, and Programs) Director of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany; three times as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassies in Cotonou, Benin; Nouakchott, Mauritania; and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; and as Economic Officer at the U.S. Consulate-General in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Brown’s non-Africa overseas tours have been as Consul General in Chengdu, China; and Economic Officer in Beijing; Tokyo, Japan; and Moscow, Russia. He has also served in Washington, DC, as the Director of the Office of Environmental Policy; as Economic Officer in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs responsible for trade policy with developing countries, including Africa; and on the Canada desk, with responsibilities for economic, consular, and law enforcement issues. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, he worked in Miami as the Business Manager of the Latin American Bureau of CBS News. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. in government (political science) from Cornell University; an MBA from the University of Chicago, specializing in finance; and an MBA from the University of Louvain, Belgium, with majors in econometrics and international business. He is the author of four books on Africa published by the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute.