A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Koutsis was most recently Director of the Special Envoy’s Office for Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He has also served as Deputy Director and interim Director in the Office of Central African Affairs, and as Team Leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Diyala Province, Iraq. Other tours include Political and Economic Counselor in Monrovia, Liberia, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Nouakchott, Mauritania. He was Consular Section Chief in Damascus, Syria and in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. His other assignments include Washington, D.C., Marseille, France, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Mr. Koutsis received the Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award for his service in Iraq, and is the recipient of several U.S. Department of State awards. Mr. Koutsis, a native of Massachusetts, attended Boston University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 2002 he completed language training at the State Department’s Arabic Language Field School in Tunis, Tunisia. He is married and has one daughter.