Ambassador Asif Chaudhry became the Vice President for International Programs (IP) at Washington State University in June 2015. He is the chief international relations officer at the University and is responsible for IP’s role in carrying out WSU’s mission of global engagement. Ambassador Chaudhry manages WSU’s extensive internationalization program that focuses on establishing strategic partnerships with governments and educational institutions across the globe.
Ambassador Chaudhry recently retired from the United States Government as a Senior Foreign Service Officer where he held numerous leadership positions in the Departments of State, Defense and Agriculture. In his final assignment with the U.S. government, he was the Vice President of the Commodity Credit Corporation managing a $5.5 billion portfolio of credit guarantee programs to support expansion of exports of U.S. products.
In July 2014, Ambassador Chaudhry completed a three-year assignment as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of United States Navy (CNO) at the Pentagon. He also previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova from 2008-11; the Deputy Administrator for the Office of Global Analysis at FAS (2006-08); Minister-Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt (2002-06); Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (1996-99); and as Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland (1992-95).
Ambassador Chaudhry received his Ph.D., in ag-economics from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Punjab in Pakistan. He speaks Russian, Arabic, Polish, Urdu and Punjabi, and received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award for his contributions in the conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy.