Ian J. McCary is the Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Kabul, currently operating out of Doha, Qatar. Prior to the establishment of the Doha platform, Mr. McCary was in Kabul, where he served as the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) from August 2020 to August 2021.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. McCary served as acting DCM, U.S. Embassy Pretoria, from 2018 to 2020, as Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, from 2015 to 2018, and as DCM, U.S. Embassy Doha, from 2012 to 2015.
Since joining the U.S. Department of State in 1995, Mr. McCary has been posted to Tunis, Baghdad, Rabat, Cairo, Jakarta, Riyadh, and Washington, D.C.
Mr. McCary has received the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Georgetown. Mr. McCary speaks Arabic, French, and some Indonesian.
He is married with three children and is a native of Ithaca, NY.