Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen the New Ambassador to Mali
President Joe Biden has nominated Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen as Ambassador to the Republic of Mali, the White House announced on April 15
FREMONT, CA: The White House announced last week that President Joe Biden had nominated Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali. She is a career foreign service officer who presently works as a deputy assistant secretary and executive director of the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs' combined Executive Offices.
She was previously the Consul General and Principal Officer of the United States Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She also served as a special assistant to the Under Secretary for Management and oversaw the management division of the US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She was also the Political Chief of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kirkuk, Iraq, and the Supervisory General Services Officer and Senior Human Resources Officer at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also worked in the United States Embassy in Kuwait and the United States Consulate General in Mumbai, India.
Sachdeva Korhonen graduated from Empire State College with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Before joining the State Department, Korhonen worked in the private sector for AT&T, IBM, and online company Zed. Her profile on the US State Department’s website shows that she hails from Flemington, New Jersey. Sachdeva is fluent in Hindi, French, Finnish, and Arabic, among other languages. She is Biden's third Indian American ambassador nominee in less than a month.
Last month, President Biden chose diplomat Puneet Talwar as America's ambassador to Morocco and political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as envoy to the Netherlands. According to the White House, this nomination of the Indian-American diplomat Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen as his envoy to Mali is the third such nomination in less than a month.