Andrew Mann assumed the position of Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on December 6, 2014. He arrived in Sri Lanka as Deputy Chief of Mission on August 20, 2014. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with more than thirty years of government service. Prior to arriving in Colombo, Drew served as the State Department Representative and the Commandant’s Distinguished Chair for Diplomacy to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Drew joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and has served in Ciudad Juarez, Mumbai, The Hague, Brcko (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Kabul, Darfur (Sudan), and Tikrit (Iraq) in addition to working several years at the State Department in Washington, DC. He has also served as an arms control negotiator and an Expert on Mission to the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He has taught U.S. diplomacy, international law, and human rights as a Pearson Fellow at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. In 2007-08, he was the State Department Fellow at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Drew is the proud recipient, with colleagues, of the 1994 William R. Rifkin Award for constructive dissent against U.S. policy towards Bosnia in 1992-93.
A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Idaho College of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review, Drew practiced law for six years before joining the Foreign Service. He has been a member of the Tennessee, Florida, Washington and Alaska Bar Associations. He and his husband, a Dutch pianist, make their home in Delft and Seattle.
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