FORECAST 2018: David Rank

David Rank

Senior Advisor, The Cohen Group

Dave Rank has been a Senior Advisor at The Cohen Group since December 2017. Prior to joining TCG, Dave spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission and, following the 2016 election, as the Chargé d'Affaires (acting Ambassador) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In addition to six Foreign Service assignments in greater China (three in Beijing, two at the American Institute in Taiwan and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai), Dave served at the U.S. embassies in Kabul, Athens, and Port Louis (Mauritius). In Washington, he worked in the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), the State Department Korea desk and as a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. In 2015 he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American service member held by the enemy in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. Dave also currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago (EPIC). He speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari and Greek. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.

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