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Ambassador Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, was sworn into office on May 7, 2009. Prior to this he was the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the NIC, after serviing as the Senior Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. (2003-2006).
Carson's 37-year Foreign Service career includes ambassadorships to Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Uganda, and service as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs (1997-1999).
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Carson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania from 1965-1968. He earned a Bachlor of Arts from Drake University and a Master of Arts from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies at the University of London.
Ambassador Huddleston is the Deputy Assistant Secretary For Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S Department of State. She is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and a four-time Chief of United States Missions in Latin America and Africa.
Ambassador Huddleston was U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and Mali and acting Ambassador in Ethiopia. She was Chief of Mission at the United States Interests Section in Havana as well as Director and Deputy Director of Cuban Affairs at the Department of State.
Prior to joining the Department of Defense she was a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution.
Major General Leins has served as the Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J5) since February 2010.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa in Djibouti. From July 2007 through January 2009 he was the Commander, 2d Battle Command Training Brigade, 75th Battle Command Training Division, Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Dr. Moss is vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.
In addition to his institutional responsibilities, he directs The Emerging Africa Project and his work focuses on U.S.-Africa relations and financial issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa.
Moss served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from May 2007 to Octoer 2008 while on leave from CGD.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and the author of numerous articles and books.