Key Officers

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (Deputy Chief of Mission) –  Jeffrey Giauque

In the absence of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim is responsible for representing the United States of America in the Republic of Belarus, conducting the Foreign Policy of the United States as well as directing, coordinating and supervising the Embassy personnel under his/her authority.

Jeffrey Giauque is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He has been the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus, since July 2020.  He previously served as a Member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, where he was responsible for providing policy analysis and advice on the European Union, the Western Balkans, and the countries of the former Soviet Union.  Mr. Giauque’s previous overseas tours include Croatia, Nicaragua, Serbia, and Turkmenistan.  In Washington, Mr. Giauque has worked in the State Department’s Operations Center, its Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, and twice in its Office of European Union and Regional Affairs.

Mr. Giauque has a BA in history and French from the University of Utah and an MA and PhD from Ohio State University in European international history and the history of American foreign relations.  He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the EU, and taught international relations and European history at Miami University (Ohio).  He speaks French, German, Croatian, Spanish, and Russian.  Mr. Giauque is married to Foreign Service Officer Ivna Giauque and they have two children. He is the recipient of numerous Department awards, most notably the 2019 Rockwell Anthony Schnabel Award for Advancing U.S.-EU Relations.

Consul – Nicholas Heltzel

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Management Officer – Leon Lowder

The Management Officer is responsible for normal business operations of the Embassy, including overall administrative management of personnel, budget and fiscal matters, real and expendable property, acquisitions, and many other internal operations and services.

Political-Economic Section Chief – Elizabeth Hanny

Economic Officer 

Political/Economic Counselors analyze host country political and economic developments and their potential impact on U.S. interests and advise U.S. business executives on the local political and economic climate.  The economic sphere also includes advising on the local investment climate and macroeconomic trends, analyzing and reporting on local trade policies and their potential impact on U.S. interests, and promoting adoption of economic policies by foreign countries which further U.S. interests.

Public Affairs Officer – Lee McManis

Public Affairs Officers advise the Chief of Mission and all Embassy personnel on public affairs issues, serving as spokespersons and administrators of U.S. official exchange programs, including those for Fulbright scholars, Muskie fellows, and participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States. Public Affairs Officers also direct the overseas U.S. Speakers program and manage an array of cultural and information outreach programs overseas, including English language programs and strengthening local libraries. Public Affairs Officer also performs the function of the Embassy spokesperson.