Talk with Ana Escrogima and Raj Wadhwani

Raj Wadhwani 

Raj WadhwaniRaj Wadhwani currently serves as Deputy Director in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau of the US Department of State. A former Rusk Fellow at Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, he previously served as Political and Economic Section Chief at the US Consulate General in Mumbai. His other Foreign Service assignments include Baghdad, as Deputy Spokesman/Information Officer; in Washington as Desk Officer for Economic Affairs in the Office of Iranian Affairs; as Political Officer and Vice Consul in Amman; as Vice Consul in the US Embassy in Riyadh; and as Provincial Action Officer on the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Baghdad.
 

Ana Escrogima

Ana EscrogimaAna Escrogima is a 16-year veteran Foreign Service Officer, serving currently as the Office Director for Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State. She was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Yemen Affairs Unit in Saudi Arabia, which was established in 2015 after the closure the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a. A former Rusk Fellow at Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Ana has extensive experience abroad and in Washington, DC, in primarily political and public affairs positions, having served previously in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs and French; and holds an Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.