Joel Reifman took over as the US Consul General in Hyderabad on Tuesday, according to an official press release. Reifman, who was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, prior to this assignment, replaced Katherine B Hadda.

His assignments at the State Department in Washington DC include Senior Liaison in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and Deputy Director of the Office of Aviation Negotiations in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

“It feels wonderful to have arrived in Hyderabad as US Consul General, I’m already experiencing the warmth and hospitality for which this region of India is so fittingly famous,” Reifman said. “The US-India partnership is strong, especially in this region, and we are proud to collaborate with the people of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on a range of issues that are important to both our countries, from US-India industry and defence ties, to entrepreneurship, to women’s empowerment. I look forward to building on the work of my predecessors and making continued progress together with our fantastic team at the Consulate,” he said in the release.

Reifman’s other overseas assignments include Senior Deputy Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Charge d’ Affaires at the US Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea; Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Iraq’s western Anbar province; and Economic Counselor at both the US Embassy in Panama and Islamabad.

He was a Pearson Fellow in the Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman.

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