Christopher Rowan arrived in South Africa on September 25, 2014 as the new U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Rowan previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Khartoum, Sudan. Before that, he was the Deputy International Civilian Representative of the International Civilian Office (ICO) in Pristina, Kosovo. In that capacity, he assisted in implementing the Comprehensive Status Proposal, a plan for a viable and democratic multi-ethnic state in Kosovo. He served as the Supervisory Regional Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Cairo (2008 – 2010), where he provided advice and coaching to eleven embassies in the region, and headed a team of officers doing similar work around the world.
Mr. Rowan was Consul General at U.S. Embassy Baghdad from 2007 – 2008, and earlier assignments included service at the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Asmara, Sofia, and Muscat, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, DC, where he served in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
Before joining the Foreign Service in 1991, Mr. Rowan worked at The Bank of New York in international banking. Prior to that, he served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, an affiliation that he maintained through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 2004.
Raised in New York, Mr. Rowan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and he did graduate studies at the Stern School of New York University, receiving an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and International Business.
Mr. Rowan is married, and he and his wife Eleanor have a daughter and a son.