WITNEY W. SCHNEIDMANUSA
Covington & Burling LLP – Senior Advisor for Africa Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Witney Schneidman has nearly 40 years of experience working across sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on his experience in the State Department, the World Bank, think tanks, and his own consulting practice, Dr. Schneidman, a non-lawyer, has advised energy, technology, consumer, and health companies, among others, on projects in more than 30 African countries. Dr. Schneidman provides strategic advice on the varied political, economic, social, and regulatory issues that are critical to companies’ success in Africa. This includes issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility, compliance, market-entry, and risk mitigation. He played a leading role in the passage and recent reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and was a delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by President Obama during his visit to Kenya.
Dr. Schneidman leads Covington’s Africa initiative and is a senior member of the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice Group, the International Strategy Group, and the International Trade and Finance Group. He has written extensively on African economic and political issues and aired his views on CBS News, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, and the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, among other media outlets.
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