Christopher Henzel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to Yemen in January 2019. For the previous two years he was chargé d’affaires for the U.S. mission in Saudi Arabia. From 2013 to 2016 he was director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs at the Department of State in Washington.
Ambassador Henzel has spent most of his career specializing in the Near East. In recent years he headed the Ninewa province reconstruction office in Mosul, Iraq, and served as deputy chief of mission in Manama, Bahrain. His earlier diplomatic postings included Jordan, Yemen, and Pakistan. In Washington he has also worked on budgeting for economic and military assistance to the Near East, North African economic affairs, and as desk officer for Iran.
Henzel earned a B.A. at the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.S. from the National War College. He studied Arabic in Tunisia. Henzel was raised in Ossining, New York, and has been married to his wife Adrienne for 18 years. They have three children.