Faris Y. Asad will serve as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He will concurrently serve as the U.S. Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, headquartered in Jeddah. Faris joined the U.S. Department of State in 2004 as a Foreign Service Officer. Most recently, Faris served as Political Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from 2018-2020. Previously, Faris served in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Watch Officer in the Department’s Operations Center, and as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where his portfolio included Middle East Affairs and Countering Violent Extremism.
Faris’ other past assignments include Assistant Information Officer in Amman, Jordan; and Public Diplomacy Officer with a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul, Iraq. Faris also served in Kathmandu, Nepal; Sanaa, Yemen; and temporarily as Public Diplomacy Officer for the Syria Transition Assistance Response Team (START) in Turkey.
Faris received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toledo in Ohio. He speaks Arabic and Russian. He is married to Kaya Ikuma and they are the proud parents of one son.