Chargé d' Affaires a.i.
John Kowalski is Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, of the U.S. Embassy. He began his assignment in Namibia as Deputy Chief of Mission on July 27, 2014. His U.S. government career spans 21 years, which includes 10 years in Africa. He has previously had assignments in Pretoria, South Africa; Khartoum, Sudan; and Maputo, Mozambique. Most recently, John served in Washington, D.C., providing management support to 34 U.S. diplomatic missions in the combined Bureaus of Near Eastern and South Central Asian Affairs.
John’s overseas career began as a Fascell fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw as part of an exchange program dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. He continues working in that spirit today.
While he was with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Warsaw, Poland, and Zagreb, Croatia, John expanded aid programs and increased cooperative efforts at the then U.S. Office in Pristina, Kosovo.
In the U.S. Foreign Service, John has furthered development endeavors across the African continent supporting PEPFAR programs in South Africa and Mozambique and assisting aid efforts in Darfur and southern Sudan.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science, psychology and Russian language from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He later graduated in Polish language from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. John is fluent in Polish and speaks Greek, Portuguese, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian and Russian.
He is married to Maria, and they have two children and one grandchild.