Consul General William Martin
William Martin is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Minister Counsellor. He recently served as Senior Civilian Representative in western Afghanistan. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Martin was Diplomat in Residence at UCLA. As Principal Officer from 2010 to 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan, the largest Islamic city in the world and home to every ethnic, religious, and linguistic group in the country, Mr. Martin directed American diplomatic operations in an area covering 60 percent of Pakistan, including the province of Balochistan and its capital, Quetta, a strategic area bordering Afghanistan and Iran. He engaged extensively with the Pakistani print and broadcast media.
Previously, Mr. Martin served as Consul General in Bogota, Colombia, dealing with terrorist, narcotics and migration issues. Mr. Martin was also Deputy Principal Officer and Consular Chief in Guangzhou, China, where he was honored for his actions during the SARS and Avian Influenza outbreaks. In addition, Mr. Martin has served in the Philippines, Japan and twice in Indonesia. As Acting Consul General in Jakarta, Mr. Martin was recognized with the Barbara Watson Award as consular officer of the year for protecting American citizens from threats of terrorism and the civil unrest in East Timor during its struggle for independence.
Mr. Martin holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a resident of California.