Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (Deputy Chief of Mission) – Ruben Harutunian
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.
Ruben Harutunian assumed his duties as deputy chief of mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus on May 24, 2021. Immediately prior, he served as a senior advisor at the Foreign Service Institute’s Leadership Management School and as director of the State Department’s Office of Press Operations. Earlier, he was the Public Affairs Officer in Algiers; Deputy Chief of the Political/Economic Section in Yerevan; Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry; Political Officer and Staff Assistant to the Ambassador in Moscow; and Vice Consul and Deputy Spokesperson in Tel Aviv. Ruben is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and a Milken Scholar. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with an MA in International Relations focusing on Conflict Management and has a BA in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He is married to Astghik, and they are the proud parents of their daughter and son.
Consul – Nicholas Heltzel
Management Officer – Straun Boston
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
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.
The Defense Attaché – Jason Tucker
The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) is a Department of Defense office that advises the Ambassador and Country Team on all defense and security matters and provides timely, accurate information to senior leaders on defense and security issues affecting Belarus and the region.