Deputy Chief of Mission Peter W. Lord

Peter Lord joined Embassy Windhoek as the Deputy Chief of Mission in July 2017.  Prior to his arrival in Namibia, he served as the Deputy Director and then Acting Director of the Office of East African Affairs.  From 2014-2015, he was the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Foreign Service Fellow, serving as an adjunct professor and research fellow at Columbia University.  He was a Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where he led the team covering Africa and Europe on the UN Security Council from 2012-2014.  He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the African Union in 2010-2012.  Previously, he has had diplomatic assignments in Malawi, Syria, Iraq, and the United Kingdom.  In the UK, Peter was the Africa Watcher, coordinating U.S and UK foreign policy on Africa and engaging with African communities based in the UK.  Prior to joining Embassy London, he participated in the Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellowship and worked for a year in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a Senior Desk Office in the Sudan Unit covering implementation of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement, peacekeeping, and political and development issues in South Sudan.  In Iraq, Peter helped establish a U.S.-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Tikrit, working with the Salah ad Din provincial government on efforts to establish accountable democratic institutions.  Peter maintains professional interests in conflict resolution, peace building, urbanization, and governance.  He hails from Florida and attended Furman University.  He speaks French and some Arabic.  He is joined in Namibia by his wife and daughter.