Keshap Atul - Demonstrated Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives - April 2015



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of

CANDIDATE: Atul Keshap

Atul Keshap, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Department of State. Known as a leading expert on South Asian affairs, he is a proven leader and manager both abroad and in Washington. He will bring first-rate interpersonal skills, and expertise in senior-level policy-making and the interagency process, to the task of furthering bilateral relations with the governments of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, key U.S. partners in South Asia.

Previously, Mr. Keshap served the Department of State as U.S. Senior Official for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2012-2013); Director for India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (2010-2012); Director for United Nations Human Rights, Bureau of International Organization Affairs (2008-2010); Deputy Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India (2005-2008); Director for Near Eastern and North African Affairs, National Security Council Secretariat, Executive Office of the President (2003-2004); and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (2002-2003). He also served as Desk Officer for United Arab Emirates and Qatar, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2000-2002); Operations Officer, Executive Secretariat (1999-2000); Political Officer, U.S. Embassy, Rabat, Morocco (1997-1999); and Economic/Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy, Conakry, Guinea (1995-1997).

Mr. Keshap earned a B.A. in 1992 and a M.A. in 1994 from the University of Virginia. He has been the recipient of numerous Department of State Awards, including nine Superior Honor Awards, two Meritorious Honor Awards and a special Act Award. He speaks French and Hindi.