ABIDJAN – 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 issues Bisa Williams, arrives in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on July 2nd 2015 for a seven-day visit.
Bisa Williams’ visit is part of a tour of the West African region, including visits to Mali, Togo, Senegal and Guinea. The purpose of her visit is to discuss the importance of peaceful, transparent, and inclusive elections in the region, including the upcoming October 2015 presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire.
During her visit, the Deputy Assistant Secretary will be meeting with Ivoirian government officials and key political stakeholders. Williams will also deliver a speech on the upcoming elections to leaders from civil society, heads of women’s associations, alumni, youth and journalists.
Bisa Williams is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister Counselor, and is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for West Africa. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger from 2010 to 2013.
Her foreign postings include U.S. Embassies in Mauritius, France, Panama and Guinea. In addition to assignments in the Department, other U.S. postings include as Director for International Organizations in the National Security Council at The White House, and advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. She speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Ambassador Williams holds Masters degrees from the National War College of the National Defense University in Washington, DC and the University of California, Los Angeles, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Yale University.