Ambassador Susan D. Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page

United States Chargé d’Affaires to the African Union

Ambassador Susan D. Page is the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to the African Union. Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Page served as the Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, she also led the Security Governance Initiative team for Ghana. Previously, Ambassador Page was America’s first Ambassador to South Sudan.

From 2009 to 2011, Ambassador Page served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for African Affairs, covering central Africa, southern Africa and Sudan. From 2002 to 2005, Ambassador Page was Legal Adviser to the IGAD Secretariat for Peace in Sudan that mediated the peace process that resulted in the January 9, 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). Subsequently, Ambassador Page headed the UN Peacekeeping Mission for Sudan’s (UNMIS) Rule of Law and Corrections Advisory Unit in Khartoum, Sudan. Page also served as Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). Ambassador Page began her career at the U.S. Department of State in 1991 and served as Attorney-Adviser for Politico-Military Affairs (1991-1993) and as Regional Legal Adviser in Kenya and Botswana covering East and Southern Africa (1993-1998) and as Political Officer in Rwanda from 1999-2001. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Legal Expert.

Ambassador Page received an A.B. in English with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland and Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal where she conducted research on children and women’s rights to inheritance through a Rotary International post-graduate fellowship. She is fluent in French. Ambassador Page is originally from Chicago and is married with a teenage son.

Roundtable I: Promoting Democracy & Governance in Africa