Office of Trade Programs
Christian Foster is the Deputy Administrator for the Office of Trade Programs in
the Foreign Agricultural Service.
From September 2002 until his selection for
this position Foster served as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office
of Capacity Building and Development in FAS, where he focused on helping
transform fragile and transition economies into viable two-way trading markets
for food and agricultural products. He served as the Acting Assistant Deputy
Administrator for the Office of Capacity Building and Development from 2001-02.
Foster was the Chief of FAS’s Trade and Investment Program Branch from
1999-2002. From 1997-99 he was based in Washington, DC on a detail from FAS to
the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he served as a senior
advisor on agriculture, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He was Chief
of the [then] New Independent States and Baltics Section in the Economic
Research Service from 1992-97. From 1990-92 he was based in Brussels, Belgium
with the [then] Bell Atlantic Corporation, where he served as the Director for
Business Development for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He worked from
1984-90 as an agricultural economist in ERS, focusing on the ‘Centrally Planned
Economies’ of Eurasia. From 1982-84 he was based in Arlington, VA, where he
began his federal career as an economist for the Defense Intelligence Agency,
focusing on the economies of Eastern Europe.
He earned a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in 1982 and a Bachelor
of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1980.
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