Christopher John Lamora
Chargé D’affaires a.i.
Christopher Lamora, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is President Biden’s nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon. His most recent overseas assignment was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, the fifth-largest American embassy in sub-Saharan Africa, from June 2018 to June 2021. Prior to his tour in Ghana, Mr. Lamora spent eight months as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Africa and African Security Affairs. In this capacity, he was also the senior U.S. representative to the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes region of Africa. He was previously the Director of the Office of Central African Affairs and, before that, Deputy Director of the Office of African Economic and Regional Affairs.
Mr. Lamora has worked in and on Africa throughout his 30-year Foreign Service career, including early assignments in Cameroon and the Central African Republic and as desk officer for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a Foreign Policy (Pearson) Fellow in the U.S. Senate from 2007-08, he worked for Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois on conflict minerals, the 2007-08 Kenya election crisis, the Trafficking Victims Prevention Reauthorization Act, and the Child Soldiers Prevention Act. In addition to his Africa work, he has also served in Greece, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala; as Director of the Los Angeles Passport Agency; and in three positions in the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington.
Mr. Lamora is originally from the state of Rhode Island, in the northeastern part of the United States. He is a 1991 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he majored in international relations with a particular focus on the Soviet Union, with a minor in Russian. He joined the Department of State soon after graduation. He speaks French and Spanish, and has also studied Modern Greek.