US Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Eric Kneedler on Wednesday took over as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim following the resignation of Ambassador Kyle McCarter earlier in the day.
Kneedler tweeted, “ Vipi waKenya! I’m Eric Kneedler, starting tonight I’ll be Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, @USEmbassyKenya . Let’s continue to engage on matters #USKEPartnership and build on our over 55 years of friendship on security, health, education, trade and so much more!”
The tweet came moments after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th US President.
Kneedler is not new to Kenya.
He began his assignment as the Counselor for Political Affairs at US Embassy Nairobi in August of 2017.
His profile on the embassy website indicates 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 Centre, the Bureau of European Affairs, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
He speaks French, Indonesian, Thai, and some Cantonese.
He holds a BA from Pomona College and an MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.