Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Asif Chaudhry
Ambassador Asif Chaudhry is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister. He was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova on July 11, 2008, and presented his credentials on September 24, 2008. He previously served as the Deputy Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington DC. Before that assignment, he served as Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo. Prior to his Cairo posting, he was assistant to the general sales manager (GSM) of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, where he served as the principal advisor on Department of Agriculture's commodity assistance programs for the former Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Chaudhry served as the Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and as the Agriculture Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught Economics at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
Ambassador Asif Chaudhry was born and raised in a farming family in Pakistan's small village of Nindowal. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Punjab, his master's degree from the American University of Beirut and his PhD from Washington State University. He speaks several languages including Russian, Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, and Polish.