Jendayi Frazer

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"Jendayi E. Frazer is the President and CEO of 50 Ventures, LLC. A global policy leader and expert on African Affairs, she currently heads the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Program. She is the Managing Partner of Africa Exchange Holdings, Ltd. that owns commodity exchanges in East Africa (EAX) and Nigeria (AFEX Nigeria). Ms. Frazer was a distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2009 to 2014, where she was the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI). Ms. Frazer was the leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy for nearly a decade, serving as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from August 2005 to January 2009. Previously she was Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, and the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, appointed in 2004. Jendayi was also an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies. Jendayi is a recipient of numerous awards and honors. She is Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption." [1]

Ambassador Jendayi E. Frazer "recently returned to Washington, D.C. after serving as the United States Ambassador to South Africa in Johannesburg from August 2004 to August 2005. She was sworn in and began her tenure as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs on August 29, 2005. Ambassador Frazer has a long history of professional involvement in Africa, having served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from February 22, 2001, a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, and as Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and African and African-American Studies, M.A. degrees in International Policy Studies and International Development Education, and a Ph.D. in Political Science.“ [1]Also see

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  1. Trustees, The Africa Center, accessed January 19, 2021.
  2. Board, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, accessed January 22, 2021.
  3. King Baudouin Foundation United States Board, organizational web page, accessed November 8, 2018.

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