Robin R. SandersBoard Mentor
Robin served as one of the US Government’s top diplomats on African issues over a long career in the United States Diplomatic Corps, reaching senior positions, including Ambassador to the Republics of Nigeria and Congo, National Security Council Director for Africa at the White House and U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS.
Robin is currently Non-executive Director on the boards of SGI and Eurafrique, Nigerian solar and energy companies respectively, and Songhai, a Benin based NGO agricultural project. Given her ICT academic background, she is also Non-executive Director for VGG, an ICT company, and previously for INT Cell Towers, both Nigerian companies. In 2012, Robin was appointed as a Trustee at Robert Morris University, a private university in Pennsylvania. She has also recently been appointed as a Senior Advisor at Concordia, a global non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to actively fostering, elevating and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact.
Robin received her Doctor of Science degree from Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University, where she also holds the title of Distinguished Public Service & Rooney Scholar. She is a recognised thought leader on Africa's political, economic, trade, technology, security and policy issues. She also works on global thematic topics such as UN SDGs, food security, democracy/elections, education and climate change.
Her advisory firm is divided into two parts: The FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and FE3DS, LLC. FEEEDS, which focuses on Africa, global issues, the Diaspora, entrepreneurship and small business development. Robin advises several organisations and serves on several boards, co-hosts an annual Africa event with Gallup World Poll and publishes @The FEEEDS Index. FE3DS, LLC provides business strategies on Africa trade, technology, power, renewables, housing and aviation.