Ambassador Bisa Williams to Attend G5 Sahel Summit

Ambassador Bisa Williams will be the United States’ representative to the G5 summit taking place in N’Djamena, November 18-20, and who is also expected to meet Chadian officials.

The “G5 Sahel” was founded on February 16, 2014 and includes: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad with its headquarters in Mauritania.  The organization works to:  ensure conditions for development and security within the area of the member countries; provide a strategic framework for action to improve the living conditions of populations; combine development and security, supported by democracy and good governance in a framework of regional and international cooperation which is mutually beneficial; and promote inclusive and sustainable regional development.

Ambassador Williams is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for West Africa and sub-Saharan African economic policy.  She was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger from 2010 to 2013.

Ambassador Williams holds Master’s degrees from the National War College of the National Defense University in Washington, DC and the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Yale.