Daniel B. Smith is the U.S. Chargé D’Affaires to India. Most recently, he served as the State Department’s Transition Director and subsequently as Acting Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary of State in the early months of the Biden Administration. He was appointed as Director of the Foreign Service Institute in October 2018. In this capacity, he serves as the Chief Learning Officer for the Department of State and the federal foreign affairs community.
A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Smith holds the Department’s highest diplomatic rank of Career Ambassador. Ambassador Smith served previously as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research from 2013 to 2018 and as Ambassador to Greece from 2010 to 2013. He has also served as Executive Secretary of the State Department, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs. In addition to Greece, his overseas service includes tours in Bern, Istanbul, Ottawa, and Stockholm. He also taught Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Ambassador Smith is a recipient of the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, a Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Ambassador Smith received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University, and his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His foreign languages are German, Turkish, Swedish, and Greek.