Robin Renee Sanders
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Sanders - Africa & Nat'l Security Expert
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO Nigeria & ECOWAS 2007-2010; Republic OF CONGO 2002-2005
CEO, FE3DS, LLC
Founder, FEEEDS Initiative
Adjunct Professor, Robert Morris University
Dr. Sanders is CEO of the FEEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and owns FE3DS, LLC both which work on economic development and business strategies for Africa. Prior to this, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to several countries (Nigeria and Republic of Congo) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS.
As an academic while serving in the U.S. Diplomatic Service, Dr. Sanders was the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commander of the Eisenhower Resource College of the National Defense University. A noted international lecturer, she has taught International and African Affairs, National Security Strategies, and Human Cultural Communication. Her other areas of expertise are election and democratic processes, food security, education, and the environment.
Sanders served twice as Africa Director at the National Security Council at the White House, and is currently a Visiting Scholar under the CIC Woodrow Wilson Program and at Nigeria's National Defense College. Her business expertise lies in the areas of agriculture, aviation security, housing, Information Technology, Small-Medium Enterprises, and health systems. Ambassador Sanders serves on U.S. EXIM Bank and the U.S. Trade Representative Africa Advisory Committees; and is a member of Human Rights Watch and the prestigious Academy of Diplomacy. Dr. Sanders is a regular Africa subject matter expert for Al Jazeera America and ARISE TV.
Ambassador Sanders holds a Doctor of Science degree from Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University (RMU); Masters of Art and Masters of Science degrees in International Relations, Africa Studies, and Communications, respectively from Ohio University; and, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hampton University. Sanders is currently on Songhai Integrative Farms Systems Board – a leading African agricultural center.
Sanders’ FEEEDS® Advocacy Initiative focuses and works on the key global issues of food security (agriculture), education, environment-energy, economics, development and self-help, particularly for SMEs, or what she calls the FEEEDS issues. She is a RMU and Smithsonian African Art Museum trustee, a Global Advisor for Operation Hope and the AGOA CSO Network, and is writing a book on African socio-economic communication expressions.
Sanders is the recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian Honor Award (one of the highest U.S. military civilian honor awards); three State Department Superior Honor Awards; four State Department Meritorious Honor Awards; the “Medal of Honor” from the President of the Republic of Congo; several citations in Who’s Who in America; and, received several leadership honors such as the African Advocacy Impact, and Diaspora Awards.
She is a member of the U.S. National Honor and Scholar Society for her public policy and academic work. Her other diplomatic overseas postings have included the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Sudan, Namibia, and Senegal, with missions to Angola, South Africa, DRC, Cameroon, Botswana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, and Benin. Sanders speaks some French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Articles written by Dr. Sanders can be found on:
Follow her on www.twitter.com/@rrsafrica
Visit the FEEEDS and FE3DS website at http://ambassadorrobinreneesanders.com
• Africa policy and economic development, conflict resolution
• Human Cultural Communication
• National Security Issues
• Global Environmental Issues
• Small and Medium Size Enterprises interested in doing business in Africa
• Role of African signs and symbols as communication expressions
• African-Americans & the Constitution - We are part of "We the People"
• U.S. Policy
African Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C, 2013: Your discussion on the long road to security sector reform in Nigeria was a great example of USG policy in action and contributed significantly to the achievements of the seminar objectives...and provide a forum that conveyed your insights to a greater USG audience.
Westminster College welcomed Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar Dr. Robin Sanders, the former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, for an intensive week-long visit on March 19-22, 2013.
Ambassador Sanders conducted world classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and also met with students, African Union Group, and faculty members informally throughout the week to share her practical knowledge in the areas of foreign policy, human rights, and living in a global community.
Ambassador Sanders was a perfect fit for Westminster College. Our students had a chance to meet a world-class leader with a deep knowledge of foreign affairs, helping to create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds, said Jorden, President of the Student Government Association.
Westminster College President Forsythe added: You are a wonderful speaker and teacher, and our students benefitted from your extensive experience and wisdom as a global leader.
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders delivered her address, Africa 2013: The Way Ahead on April 2, 2013 in Younts Conference Center at Furman University as part of her FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar.
In addition to a keynote address before a public crowd in Greenville, Sanders also spent time engaging in small group conversations and classroom lectures speaking to over 200 members of the community and Furman students.
The Riley Institute and Secretary Riley noted that numerous faculty, students, and community leaders enjoyed Dr. Sanders keynote remarks, and classroom lecturers, and small group discussion on global and environmental issues. Her public address, “Africa 2013: The Way Ahead,” used a broad lens to provide a balanced view of the socio-political and economic changes in the 48 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Her remarks highlighted both the positive political and economic changes, and the remaining challenges as Sub-Saharan Africa strives to move forward toward “a more perfect Continent.” Click on link below to see video of Ambassador Sanders keynote speech at Furman College, Greenville, South Carolina on Africa 2013: The Way Ahead http://riley.furman.edu/riley/critical-issues/fellows-residence/2013-robin-sanders
Receiving her at the CEO of the NSE Mr Oscar Onyema described Dr. Sanders as a firm believer and supporter in the progress and accelerated growth of Africa capital markets and was a friend of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Guardian Newspaper: There is something in the gene of Dr. Robin Renee Sanders that bears excellence, passion, dedication, and commitment. She is imbued with virtues that queens of yester years such as Amina of Zaris, Idia of Benin had, which stood them out.
Constituency for Africa: We regonized Ambassador Sanders outstanding efforts to promote good governance and economic development in Africa.
Vanguard Newspaper: In all those crises [in Nigeria], and in the good times, the Lady showed grit, her [diplomatic] craft, and never lost her head.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars confers honor and distinction on Ambassador Robin Sanders for her commitment to the ideals of Scholarship, Leadreship, and Service
African Diplomatic Corps: We confidentially relied on your sound judgement and useful inputs....cannot sufficiently thank you for disposition, sensitivity, and keeness toward helping us achieve our goals.
We believe you are one of the most informed minds on Africa - US relations having served as Ambassador to Nigeria and with several years of State Department as a seasoned and experienced U.S. diplomat.
--- Publisher, African Leadership Magazine
It was an honor to participate with you in the Ron Brown Summit in Washington, DC.
--- Chairman National Newspaper Publishers Association
As an inductee of the prestigious Academy of Diplomacy, Ambassador Sanders was honored for: having served the President and People of the United States with Distinction in the Practice of Diplomacy.
The Academy is composed of persons who have had distinguished careers in diplomacy or have made notable contributions to American foreign policy in other ways.
The United States Trade Representative Michael Froman has reappointed Ambassador Sanders to be a member of the Trade Advisory Committee for Africa (TACA).
In the letter of appointment Ambassador Sanders experience and perspective on Africa trade and development was noted as making a valuable contribution to US trade policy toward Africa.
--- Jewel James, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affiars
Dr. Sanders has been appointed as Chairperson of the U.S. Export-Import Banks Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee for the coming term.
In his letter of appointment, EXIM-Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg noted the importance of the Committees and Dr. Sanders effort to support President Obamas National Export Initiative. --- Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President, U.S. Export-Import Bank of the United States
Ambassador Sanders has demonstrated her hard work, and support for the Cooperation, Integration, and Development of Africa.
--- Director General, Directorate of Technical Cooperation (DTCA), ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Nigeria
Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor & Board of County Commissioners recognized Ambassador Sanders as a “Distinguished Visitor to the County,” as a speaker on the key issue of US-Africa Air Transportation at the Miami Summit - signed by Mayor Gimenez, Commissioner Moss, and Chairwoman Sosa, May 2014.
NB: Ambassador Sanders and her Embassy team at the time played a key role in assisting Nigeria obtain Category One ICAO status in order to fly planes directly from Nigeria to the U.S.
Your views at the Sustainable International Development (SID) Investing in Africa event noting the importance of factoring in Africa’s youth, SMEs and women in efforts to boost investment in Africa really resonated with our audience. You made a positive impression, because even after you had to leave to attend another engagement, the other speakers continued to refer to your remarks. We hope to see you again at future SID events as a participant or speaker.
--- Joy Romviel White, Director Strategic Outreach
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