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Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development

Lek Kadeli is the Acting Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). He has over 29 years of management experience in both government and the private sector, with broad experience in leading organizational change and improvement, policy development, resource management, information management and technology.

Mr. Kadeli began his EPA career in 1990 as an analyst in the Office of the Comptroller, and also served as the Senior Budget Officer in EPA's Office of International Activities. He moved to ORD in 1993 to serve as Chief of Resource Planning and Program Coordination, and in 1998 served as the Acting Deputy Director of ORD's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He was the director of ORD's Office of Resources Management and Administration from 2001 to 2005 before becoming the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management. He previously served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development from January through December of 2009.

Mr. Kadeli received two of the Agency's highest awards for exemplary service: a Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, and the Lee Thomas Award for Excellence in Management.

Mr. Kadeli graduated from George Mason University in 1983 with a B.A. in International Relations. In 1986, he earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.