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Andy Karas

USAID/Southern Africa Mission Director

Andy Karas

Andy Karas, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, joined USAID in 2000. Most recently, Andy served as Mission Director of USAID/Tanzania from August 2017 through July 2021. Prior to Tanzania, Andy was the Mission Director of USAID/Ghana.  He has also served overseas with USAID in Rwanda, Kenya (with the regional mission), Afghanistan, and Djibouti.

Prior to joining USAID, Andy worked with local and international non-governmental organizations in Rwanda and Kenya, and with community-based organizations serving homeless and low-income populations in New York City and San Francisco, USA. Andy gained his formative experience as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 1985-88, supporting rural women’s groups on agriculture projects. Andy earned his BA in African History from Middlebury College, and an MS in International Agriculture Development from the University of California, Davis. He speaks Kiswahili and is conversational in French.  Andy and his spouse Konah, who earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Howard University, are the very grateful parents of two daughters, Zina and Zaiya, who both grew up in central, East, and West Africa, and are now graduate and undergraduate university students in New York City and Washington DC, respectively.


Kevin Sturr

USAID/Southern Africa Deputy Mission Director

Kevin Sturr

Kevin Sturr has spent 19 years as an FSO with USAID, beginning at USAID Senegal in Dakar serving as the West Africa Deputy Regional Director of Food for Peace. He subsequently served at the Missions in Harare, Dhaka, and Kinshasa, leading the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG ) Offices. In Washington, he has served as the Chief of the first Human Rights Division at USAID, in the DRG Center in the Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA ) Bureau, Coordinator for the Young African Leaders’ Presidential Initiative (YALI), Senior Advisor in the Africa Bureau front office and Chief of the Division of Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture (EGEA) in the Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD).

Before joining the Foreign Service in 2001, Kevin was a field representative for USAID’s Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) in Mauritania and Mali, and a Peace Corps volunteer in the Mopti Region of Mali. Born in Evanston, Illinois and a native of New York, Kevin received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, studied law at City University of New York (CUNY), received an M.P.H. in International Health from Tulane University and a Masters in National Security and Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Eisenhower School. He is fluent in French and speaks two Sahelian languages (Bambara and Fulfulde/Pulaar).

Kevin is married and the father of three daughters.


Ralph V. Koehring

Ralph Koenring

USAID/Southern Africa Deputy Mission Director

Ralph V. Koehring served as Deputy Mission Director for USAID Jordan from August 2017 through May 2021.  He arrived in Jordan in August of 2017 initially as a  Senior Contracting Officer and the Director of Acquisitions and Assistance and then entered his current role in September of 2018. 

Prior to Jordan, he served in Egypt as Director of the Regional Office of Procurement, covering Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and Morocco; in Afghanistan as Deputy Director of the Office of Acquisition and Assistance; in Zambia as the Director of Acquisition and Assistance; in Bolivia as Deputy and then Director of Acquisition and Assistance; and in Washington, D.C.

Before joining USAID, he served in the Department of Veterans Affairs and with the Congressional staff of Christopher Shays, former Representative of 4th District of the State of Connecticut. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Vermont and his Masters of Business Administration from the George Washington University School of Business. 

He and his wife, Maryanna P. Koehring, have three children, Josephine, Louisa, and Gideon.


Last updated: May 24, 2022

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