Dr. Jatinder K. Cheema has served as Armenia's mission director since April 2009. In this capacity, she oversees the mission’s development programming averaging $30 million annually in support of democracy and governance reform, economic development, health and social reform, sustainable energy and water resources.
A Senior Foreign Service officer, Dr. Cheema has served for over twenty years at USAID. Her most recent post was as the deputy mission director and senior policy advisor to USAID's mission in Afghanistan where she served from April 2008 till March 2009. Before Afghanistan, Dr. Cheema served as the regional mission director for USAID's West Africa mission from 2005-2007, managing programs and staff in agriculture, economic growth, energy, infrastructure and health for 21 countries. Prior to that, she was the mission director for Eritrea from 2001-2005. From 1999-2001, she served as USAID's deputy director for mission in Armenia.
In addition, Cheema served as regional supervisory development officer for the Central Asia Republic mission from 1995-1999; USAID representative and health population officer for the mission in Burkina Faso from 1992-1995; and health specialist for the mission in Bangladesh from 1990-1991. Cheema was the chief of party for a regional operations project in Bangladesh sponsored by the USAID Regional University Research Project from 1986-1990. She consulted for the World Bank, UNICEF and USAID from 1981-1986.
Cheema holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of New Delhi in India.
A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Cheema has working knowledge of French and Russian and is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi. She is a passionate tennis player and avid reader, and loves to learn how to play various musical instruments.
Last updated: June 08, 2012