Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
Aruna Amirthanayagam began his duties as Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Plurinational State of Bolivia on February 28, 2014. He arrived in La Paz in October 2011 as Counselor for Public Affairs and became Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in September 2013. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Aruna has a BA with distinction in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Cornell University.
After several years in the private sector with Bank of America and IBM, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1990. He served as an Economic Officer in Haiti, the Philippines and India as well as a Deputy Director for Mexican Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Since 2000 Aruna has worked in Public Affairs, first as the Cultural Attaché in Ethiopia, as Desk Officer for West Africa in Washington, and as the Cultural Attaché in Kenya. He arrived in Bolivia from Singapore where he spent three years as the Counselor for Public Affairs.
Aruna is married to Vathani, a former USAID Foreign Service Officer, who is currently working on health and human rights issues. They have two children, Ahilan (son – age 19) and Easwari (daughter – age 17).