Prior to his assignment to Karachi, Mr. Fakan served in Fallujah, Iraq as the team leader of one of the ‘surge' embedded reconstruction teams formed to work with local tribal and civilian leaders to foster political and economic development.
Mr. Fakan joined the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1985. His assignments abroad have included Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Sana'a, North Yemen; Djibouti, Djibouti; Algiers, Algeria; Khartoum, Sudan; Monrovia, Liberia; Peshawar, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan and Canberra, Australia.
He is the recipient of the Department's award for valor and has been featured in a History Channel program for his role in rescuing journalists trapped by fighting during the civil war in Liberia.
Mr. Fakan was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from The American University (Washington, DC) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.
He is married to Elizabeth Victoria Fakan.