Yael Lempert was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in London from 2019-2021. She is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and North Africa from June 2017 to December 2018. Yael was the Senior Director for the Levant, Israel and Egypt at the National Security Council from 2014 to 2017, and also served as Special Assistant to the President from 2015 to 2017. Prior to her assignment at the NSC, Yael served for three years as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. She worked from 2009 to 2011 at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, where she spent more than half of her tour as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, including during the February 2011 evacuation of the U.S. citizen community and Embassy personnel. From 2006 to 2009 she was the chief of the Internal Political Affairs Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Her other previous assignments include Director for Iraq at the National Security Council (2004); Governance Officer at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq (2003); Special Assistant for South Asian and Near Eastern Affairs to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Iraq desk officer; and tours in the Department of State’s Bureau of Nonproliferation and the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai.

Yael earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards, as well as the National Security Council’s Outstanding Service Award, which she received in May 2017.

Speeches, Remarks & Media

June 09, 2021
Chargé d’affaires Yael Lempert greets President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at their arrival at RAF Mildenhall (via official website)
Such an honor to welcome President of the United States Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for their first official visit to the UK for the G7 Summit, affirming our nations’ long-standing friendship”  – Chargé d’Affaire’s Yael Lempert
Right: Chargé d’affaires  Lempert joins Dame Karen Pierce and other UK officials during the arrival of President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Biden to Cornwall.

Such an honor to welcome President of the United States Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for their first official visit to the UK for the G7 Summit, affirming our nations’ long-standing friendship – U.S. Chargé Yael Lempert (AP photo)

June 23, 2021
Chargé Lempert  delivers the keynote Address at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Global Trade Conference.

March 31, 2021
Chargé Lempert’s speech at Virtual Book Launch of “A Vote for Women” Celebrating the 100 year Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

March 05, 2021
Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” Speech

May 27, 2019
DCM Yael Lempert’s Memorial Day Remarks at Brookwood American Cemetery
“It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to speak here today as, together, on this Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have served our nation in all conflicts, in all eras. Today, a grateful nation remembers the proud patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty’s blessings.”

May 07, 2019
DCM Lempert Attends Interfaith Iftar at St Paul’s Cathedral
On Tuesday evening, May 7th, 2019, Deputy Chief of Mission Lempert joined the NazLegacyFoundation, Bishop of London, Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for a special youth Interfaith Iftar.

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