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Witney Schneidman

Senior International Advisor for Africa
Witney Schneidman

Witney Schneidman has nearly 40 years of experience working across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Drawing on his experience in the State Department, the World Bank, think tanks and his own consulting practice, Dr. Schneidman, a non-lawyer, has advised energy, technology, consumer and health companies, among others, on projects in more than 30 African countries. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, and on the Africa advisory committees in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee, U.S. Export-Import Bank
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Africa Program Advisory Board, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Member, Corporate Council on Africa
  • The Bretton Woods Committee

Previous Experience

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1997-2001)
  • President, Schneidman & Associates International (2001-2012)
  • Non-Resident Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution (2011-present)   
  • Co-Chair of Africa Experts Group, Obama Campaign for the Presidency and Member of the Presidential Transition Team
  • Special Adviser to the Vice President for Africa, World Bank
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Senior Adviser, Africa Program