Katharine Nanavatty joined the US Foreign Service in 2005, and has served in Dar es Salam, Johannesburg, and the South and Central Asia Bureau, among other posts. In her most recent assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Kate worked on US-Malaysia maritime cooperation, including a training program for the Malaysian Coast Guard. As Burma Desk Officer in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2010-2012, she worked on US strategies to normalize relations with Burma, and played a lead role on the team responsible for planning Secretary Clinton’s 2011 visit to Burma, the highest-level US engagement in Burma for more than 50 years.
Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow, US State Department
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