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Title: A Conversation with the Honorable Donald Lu, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic

Date Published: December 1, 2020

Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am

Join us for a conversation with the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, Donald Lu. Ambassador Lu is a Foreign Service Officer with 28 years of U.S. government service, including assignments in Pakistan, India, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Washington. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa from 1988-1990, he helped to restore hand-dug water wells and to teach health education and latrine construction.

The Ambassador will share insights on his Foreign Service career, diversity and inclusion, and offer his advice for a successful career in foreign policy.

The Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series is an ISD project that connects current and former career Civil and Foreign Service officers with those considering or entering careers in foreign policy.

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This event will have live closed captioning.


Donald Lu


The U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, Donald Lu, was sworn in on September 18, 2018.  Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Lu was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania.  His overseas postings include Deputy Chief of Mission in India, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. He also served for a year as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan.  Ambassador Lu worked on the Ebola crisis in West Africa as Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response in the State Department.

Mr. Lu is from Huntington Beach, California.  He graduated from Princeton University with both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in international relations. He is married to Dr. Ariel Ahart, and together they have two children, Kip, age 16, and Aliya, age 13. He speaks Albanian, Russian, Georgian, Azerbaijani, Urdu, Hindi, and West African Krio.  He enjoys biking, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with his family.