Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders

Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Republic of Congo & ECOWAS. Currently CEO-FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative & FE3DS.LLC, News Analysis & Author

Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders served as one of the U.S. Government’s top diplomats on African issues over a long career in the United States Diplomatic Corps with senior positions ranging from Ambassador to the Republics of Nigeria and the Congo, two stints as Director for Africa at the White House, and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS. Dr. Sanders received her doctorate degree from Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University and is considered a thought leader on a range of national security, sustainable development and business strategy issues for Africa, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on these topics. Her advisory firm is divided into two parts: FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative on SME and economic development issues; FE3DS, LLC on business strategies, which advises African-focused firms, particularly in the technology, power, and housing sectors. FEEEDS, on the other hand, serves as global policy advisor to a variety of organizations, with a special focus on SMEs, the Africa Diaspora, Africa security issues (Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, etc.), and co-hosts an annual Washington-based event with Gallup World Poll on African issues. Her expertise on national security and military strategies is based on serving as the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commander of the Eisenhower Resource College of the National Defense University, the premier U.S. military institution for national security studies, examining and developing strategies and conflict resolution gaming for our next generation of military and diplomatic leaders. Today, she is sought after by media such as Al Jazeera, BBC, China Television and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC for her regional first-hand political and economic knowledge. This includes on Boko Haram and the growing terrorism threat in what she calls the “Sahel extremism belt,” across West Africa. Sanders is also the recipient of the U.S. military’s highest civilian military honor award by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.;