Biography

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Timothy Pounds
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Term of Appointment: 07/15/2016 to present

Timothy Pounds is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. He has served in Ankara, Turkey, Lima Peru, and Damascus as a Political Officer. He was Consul General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Kirkuk, Iraq. He recently completed a three-year tour as DCM Manama, Bahrain. Domestically, Mr. Pounds worked as the Lebanon desk officer (2001-2003) and then as senior Egypt desk officer (2003-2004) before serving in Iraq in 2004. Between 2004 and 2005, he was the Director for Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and North Africa at the National Security Council in Washington, DC. He studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington and Tunis (2005-2007).

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Pounds worked as a national security analyst and a management consultant in the private sector. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Iowa and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs.