Donald W. Koran is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as the Director for the Office of Africa Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1984, Mr. Koran has held numerous assignments at the Department, including Division Chief for Western and Southern Africa in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Deputy Chief of Mission for Niger, and Deputy Chief of Mission for Rwanda. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Koran was a Visiting Professor at Tulane University. He also served as a Staff Economist for the Federal Trade Commission and Director of Research for the National Cable Television Association.
Mr. Koran received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a M.A. and PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
If confirmed, Mr. Koran would succeed career diplomat, W. Stuart Symington (grandson of the US Senator by the same name) who was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as Ambassador to Rwanda in August 1, 2008.