A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, Rafik Mansour is currently Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, where he has served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2016-2018.
In his last assignment, he was the Senior Deputy Director of Public Diplomacy (PD) in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR), helping lead PD efforts, policy, and resources in 50 EUR countries. In previous assignments, he served as Public Affairs Officer in Libya and Algeria, Cultural Counselor in Iraq and France, Political Officer in Italy, and Political/Economic Officer in Russia. He started his Foreign Service career as Vice Consul in Haiti.
Mr. Mansour is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor awards from the State Department. He was also the runner-up for the 2009 Edward Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy for exemplary use of soft power in combating violent extremism in Algeria.
Mr. Mansour obtained a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine. He received a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He speaks Arabic, Russian, French, Italian, and Creole.