Mr. Lewis Lucke
US Ambassador (Retired)
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Ambassador (ret) Lewis Lucke is executive vice president for the Middle East and Africa for Grainster LLC, developing an enhanced ecosphere platform for on-line grain trading that directly connects buyers and sellers of grain worldwide without the need for middlemen.
He is also chairman of Fuelie Systems Inc., developing telemetry-enabled mobile-fueling systems for more effective refueling at the point of need. He is also co-founder of Waste to Energy Global Partners (WGP), developers of waste-to-energy projects worldwide.
Ambassador Lucke served for 30 years overseas in the Senior Foreign Service with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State. He was the first USAID Mission Director for Iraq, where he directed a $4.0 Billion reconstruction and economic development program. He also led the US emergency response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
He served as US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland and in the U.S. Foreign Service in ten countries: Mali, Senegal, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Bolivia, Jordan, Haiti, Brazil, Iraq, and Swaziland. He was USAID Mission Director in Bolivia, Jordan, Haiti, and Iraq.
Ambassador Lucke is from North Carolina and now lives in Austin, Texas. He received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He is fluent in French and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Arabic. He is the author of the books “Waiting for Rain: Life and Development in Mali, West Africa” and "From Timbuktu to Duck & Cover: Improbable Tales of a Career in Foreign Service".