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Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu, DCM

Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu, DCMDonald Lu arrived in New Delhi in July 2010 to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission.   It is his second assignment to India, having worked as staff assistant to Ambassador Frank Wisner and as a political officer covering Kashmir and India-Pakistan relations in the late 1990s.  Most recently he served for a year as Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan.  Previous to that he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. 
Mr. Lu is a Foreign Service officer with 21 years of U.S. Government service, including postings in Pakistan, India, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Washington.  He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa from 1988-1990.  As a Peace Corps volunteer he helped to restore hand-dug water wells and to teach health education and latrine construction.  He is recipient of two Meritorious Honor Awards and five Superior Honor Awards.
Mr. Lu is from Huntington Beach, California.  He graduated from Princeton University with both master's and bachelor's degrees in international relations.  He is married to Dr. Ariel Ahart, a distinguished public health specialist.  They have two children, Kipling, age 8, and Aliya, age 5.  He speaks West African Krio, Urdu, Hindi, Russian, Georgian and Azerbaijani.  He enjoys swimming, watching movies, traveling and spending time with his family.