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PROFILE: Meet William W. Popp, the new U.S. Ambassador to Uganda

Mr William W. Popp, the new U.S Ambassador to Uganda. Photo/ Courtesy

Kampala, (UG): The United States Mission in Uganda on Friday announced the appointment of Mr William W. Popp as the new U.S. Ambassador to Uganda replacing Ms. Natalie E. Brown who recently left the country.

“U.S. Mission Uganda is delighted to introduce U.S. Ambassador William W. Popp. We look forward to fostering even stronger and impactful relations with the people of Uganda under his leadership,” the U.S. Mission said in a post via X (formerly Twitter) announcing Popp’s appointment.

Adding; “Stay tuned to our socials to learn more about Ambassador Popp.”

Popp, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, a rank of Minister Counselor, was confirmed by the Senate as Ambassador to Uganda on July 27, 2023.

Who is Popp?

William W. Popp is an American diplomat who until his appointment as the head of US envoy in Uganda had served as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala from 2020 to 2023.

Before the Guatemala role, Popp was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission in Brazil where he was also the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. from 2018 to 2020.

Prior to that, he was the Political Counselor and then the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya (2015-2017).

Previously, Mr. Popp was the Director of the Office of Regional Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department for the 2015 Summit of the Americas.

Mr. Popp was selected for Senior Leadership Training and earned an M.S. in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C. from 2012-2013.

He also served as the Deputy Principal Officer and then Acting Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009-2012). Other overseas assignments include at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, Angola, and Nicaragua.

Mr. Popp earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri and his M.A. from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

He is the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award and numerous State Department awards. His foreign languages are Spanish and Portuguese.

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