Eric Kneedler began his assignment as the Counselor for Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Nairobi in August of 2017. He has served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission since April 1. A career member of the Foreign Service with 20 years of experience, he has served in Hong Kong, Mauritius, the State Department’s Operations Center, the Bureau of European Affairs, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. He speaks French, Indonesian, Thai, and some Cantonese. Eric has a BA from Pomona College and an MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Eric is married with two children.