Islamabad 26 August 2023 (TDI): Kristin K. Hawkins assumes her position as the new United States Consul General in Lahore on Friday. Ms. Hawkins succeeded Mr. William K. Makaneole in the role.

“I look forward to meeting and working with the people in Punjab Province to strengthen the longstanding partnership between the United States and Pakistan,” Ms. Hawkins said.

“There are many opportunities for us to jointly advance our two countries’ shared interests, including by strengthening economic ties, addressing shared climate and environmental challenges through the U.S.-Pakistan ‘Green Alliance’ framework, and expanding our people-to-people connections, she added.

Ms. Hawkins, who is now the 34th U.S. Consul General in Lahore, has an extensive background as a dedicated member of the United States Foreign Service. Her most recent assignment was as the Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

In that role, she was responsible for supervising activities connected to the strategizing and execution of U.S. civil assistance initiatives within Pakistan.

Before this, Ms. Hawkins had a prior assignment in Pakistan spanning from 2015 to 2017, during which time she held a role within the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy. In this role, she took charge of overseeing programs that facilitated academic and professional exchanges, as well as organizing media interactions.

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Among her previous placements within the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Hawkins has assumed diverse roles such as the Senior Georgia Desk Officer within the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in Washington.

She also held the position of Deputy Spokesperson in Kyiv, Ukraine, served as a Political Officer and Front Office Staff Assistant in Moscow, Russia, and worked as a Consular Officer in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ms. Hawkins is from Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs and economics from the University of Virginia.

She is proficient in Russian and has undertaken studies in Ukrainian and French languages.