Christopher Krafft assumed his current assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia in August 2016. In this position, he assists the Ambassador in leading the U.S. Mission’s 450 American and Zambian staff and the administration of nearly $500 million in annual programming.
Mr. Krafft previously served as Deputy Director of Central African Affairs (2013-2016), where he was responsible for oversight of U.S. policy towards and relations with ten countries in the central African region. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of International Security Operations, Political-Military Affairs Bureau (2010-2012), as Political Advisor to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq (2009-2010), and as Deputy Political Counselor at the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (2006-2009). He also served as a Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Olympia Snowe (2004-2005), advising the Senator on issues related to national security policy and intelligence matters.
Mr. Krafft’s other overseas postings have included assignments as a Political Officer in Pretoria, South Africa; as Special Assistant to the Ambassador in New Delhi, India; and as Vice Consul in Bern, Switzerland as well as domestic assignments as Country Desk Officer for South Africa, for Burma/Laos, and as Country Desk Officer for Ireland/Northern Ireland and Advisor to the Special Envoy for the Northern Ireland Peace Process.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Krafft was an Assistant Director of the Washington, DC office of the Governor of the State of Illinois and a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mr. Krafft is a 2013 graduate of the National War College with a master’s degree in National Security Strategy and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He and his wife Mary have two sons, Colin and Trevor.