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Meet the Director

Christopher J. Marut

Updated: October 23, 2013
Christopher J. Marut, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)  (Photo: AIT Images)

Christopher J. Marut, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) (Photo: AIT Images)

Director Marut was born in Connecticut and was educated at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his BBA in Finance and Business Economics, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an MBA. He also studied at the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Over the 29 years of his career in the Foreign Service, Director Marut has developed a deep understanding of Asian affairs, including U.S.-Taiwan relations. Director Marut’s most recent assignment at the Department of State was Director of the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), where he served as one of the key advisers on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, one of two U.S. consulates general worldwide that function as independent missions similar to embassies, and as Director of the EAP Office of Regional and Security Policy in Washington.

Previous assignments have included Deputy Director for Economics in the State Department’s EAP Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, Economic Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, Science and Technology Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Consular Officer and Science and Technology Officer at AIT.

Introductory Video

  • AIT Director Christopher J. Marut, in an introductory video filmed in Washington D.C., said he has fond recollections of Taiwan and eagerly anticipates his arrival in Taiwan.

Director's Press Conferences

Official Portrait Photo

  • AIT Director Marut Portrait (599 KB) Click here to download the official portrait photo of Director Marut.
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Speeches and Remarks