Eric W. Kneedler became Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi on January 20, 2021. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Eric previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi from April of 2019 until January of 2021. Eric began his assignment in Nairobi in 2017 as the Counselor for Political Affairs. Eric has also served as the Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. Previous assignments include tours in Jakarta, Port Louis, Hong Kong, the State Department’s Operations Center, and the Bureau of European Affairs. He speaks French, Indonesian and Thai. Eric holds a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Eric and his wife Kristin have two children. Mr. Kneedler begins every NFL season with the fervent belief the Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl.