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Africa Regional Media Hub

United States Department of State

MEDIA ADVISORY | November 22 Digital Press Briefing with Bureau of African Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert Scott and National Security Council Senior Advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Dana Banks.

EVENT:  Please join us on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, for a digital press briefing with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Robert Scott and Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Dana Banks.  DAS Scott and Senior Advisor Banks will discuss the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit’s agenda to strengthen U.S.-Africa relations and highlight the U.S. commitment to the African continent. After brief opening remarks, the speakers will take questions from participating journalists.

DETAILS:

Speakers:            Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for the U.S.-

                               Africa Leaders Summit

                               Robert Scott, Bureau of African Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary

Date:                     Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Time:                    15:00 Johannesburg | 13:00 GMT | 08:00 Washington, D.C.

Language:            English.

Ground rules:      The briefing will be on the record.

Login info:           To be provided upon RSVP.

RSVP:                     Please RSVP by clicking here  

Twitter:                 Join the conversation #AFHubPress and follow us on @AfricaMediaHub.

Background:        Please see the media note linked here.

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Robert Scott

Robert Scott, Bureau of African Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary

Robert Scott, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs covering Peace and Security Affairs and Southern Africa.  He was previously the Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Malawi from 2019-21.   He has also served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary covering West Africa and Economic and Regional Affairs.  Previously he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and as the Deputy Office Director for West African Affairs.  Other overseas tours include Ukraine, Germany, France, Ghana, and domestic assignments working on climate change and European security issues.

Mr. Scott joined the Foreign Service in 1994. He received a B.A. from Lawrence University, and has an M.A. in International Relations from American University.

 

Dana Banks

Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Dana L. Banks was selected to serve as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council in January 2021.

A career diplomat, Ms. Banks was previously the Director of Executive Development at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. In 22 years with the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Banks has held a variety of senior position across Sub-Saharan Africa, including service as Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Togo, and Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania. In Washington, Ms. Banks has worked in the Operations Center, the Executive Secretariat, the Office of West African Affairs and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

LOGISTICS: 

  • Participants should log in to join the conference 10 minutes early.
  • Participants will be asked to type in their name, press affiliation, and location.
  • The speakers will give brief opening remarks, and then the moderator will open the floor to questions.
  • Participants will be instructed to type their questions or indicate to the moderator in the chat that they wish to ask a live question.  Journalists may also submit written questions in advance when registering on Eventbrite or via e-mail to  afmediahub@state.gov.   
  • If you experience technical difficulties during the briefing, you may send an e-mail to  afmediahub@state.gov  to alert the moderator to any issues.  

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