CCA High-Level Dialogue Series
A Discussion with Judd Devermont
Special Assistant to the President &
Senior Director for African Affairs
National Security Council (NSC)
Date and Time:
Thursday, September 8, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Corporate Council on Africa
1100 17th St., N.W.,
Washington, D.C 20036
Deadline to Register:
Please register by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2022
An in-person event for CCA Members
Join CCA President & CEO, Florie Liser for an off-the-record discussion on the Administration's sub-Saharan Africa strategy. Given the tremendous upside economic potential of implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and impact of the global supply chain / food supply / health crises, as well as ongoing conflicts on the continent, coordinated U.S. leadership in African engagement is more vital than ever. Mr. Devermont, who led development of the new Africa strategy prior to assuming his current duties, welcomes observations and suggestions from CCA members regarding core elements vital to private sector-led economic development through increased U.S. - Africa trade and investment partnerships, including U.S. government posture and programs needed to strengthen American competitiveness. The discussion will also include Mr. Devermont's insights on the preparations for the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit Forum in December.
Judd Devermont is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). He most recently served as the special advisor for Africa strategy at the NSC from 2021- 2022. Prior to the NSC he served as the director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2018 to 2021. Mr. Devermont previously was national intelligence officer for Africa from 2015-2018. In this position, he led the U.S. intelligence community's analytic efforts on sub-Saharan African issues and served as the DNI's personal representative at interagency policy meetings. Mr. Devermont also was the Central Intelligence Agency's senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa from 2013-2015. Prior to this role, he served as the National Security Council director for Somalia, Nigeria, the Sahel, and the African Union from 2011 to 2013. In this position, he contributed to the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, signed by President Obama in 2012, and managed the process that resulted in U.S. recognition of the Somali government for the first time since 1991. Mr. Devermont spent two years abroad working at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Devermont has lived in South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire, and he has traveled widely across the continent. He has a master's degree in African studies from Yale University and bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.