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Telephonic Press Briefing on U.S. National Security Matters Related to Africa (US Embassy Event)

telephonic press briefing  _ US Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 17, 2021 – Please join us on Monday, Sep 20, 2021, for  a telephonic press briefing with Bryan Hunt, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa  and the Sudans and Erik Woodhouse, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance  and Sanctions. They will discuss an upcoming national security action related to Africa. 

DETAILS: 

Speakers: Bryan Hunt, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and  the Sudans and Erik Woodhouse, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter  Threat Finance and Sanctions 

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021 

Time:                           4:00pm 

Language: English 

Ground Rules: ON THE RECORD  

Dial-in Info: To be provided upon RSVP  

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here 

Twitter: Join the conversation at #AFHubPress for the call and follow us on @AfricaMediaHub

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES


Bryan Hunt  

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and the Sudans  

Bureau of African Affairs 

U.S. Department of State 

Bryan David Hunt assumed duties as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and  the Sudans on January 12, 2021.  Prior to this, he served as Office Director for South Sudan and  Sudan in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs from August 2019 to January 2021.   Mr. Hunt has also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Maputo,  Mozambique from August 2016 to July 2019; Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy  in Georgetown, Guyana from August 2013 to July 2016, where in addition to bilateral  responsibilities he was accredited to the Caribbean Community; and as Deputy Chief of Mission  at the American Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from July 2011 to July 2013,  

handling bilateral relations with the countries of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and  Vanuatu. 

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor, Mr. Hunt’s  previous overseas assignments include Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy  in Islamabad, Pakistan (July 2009 – October 2010); Principal Officer at the American Consulate  in Lahore, Pakistan (July 2006 – July 2009); Political Officer at the American Embassy in  Islamabad, Pakistan (August 2004 – July 2006); Political Officer at the American Embassy in  Maputo, Mozambique (August 2000 – August 2002); Consular and Commercial Officer at the  American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana (September 1998 – August 2000); and Political,  Economic, and Consular Officer at the American Embassy in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (September  1996 – June 1998). 

Mr. Hunt’s additional domestic assignments include as Deputy Director for Regional and  Security Affairs in the State Department’s Africa Bureau (October 2010 to July 2011) and as  Desk Officer for Angola in the State Department’s Africa Bureau (September 2002 – August  2004). 

Erik Woodhouse 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions 

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs 

U.S. Department of State 

Erik Woodhouse is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Division for Counter Threat Finance  and Sanctions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In that position, he oversees the  Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation and the Office of Threat Finance  Countermeasures. 

Before rejoining the State Department, Mr. Woodhouse was an attorney advising clients on compliance with U.S. sanctions and anti-money laundering rules and regulations. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the Treasury  Department, where he worked on matters across IA’s international economic policy portfolio.  Before Treasury, Mr. Woodhouse served as an attorney-adviser with the Office of the Legal  Adviser at the State Department, first covering human rights and refugee affairs, and then  treaty affairs. Earlier in his career, he was an associate in the project finance and litigation  practices at a global law firm, a clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth  Circuit, and a researcher at the Program on Energy & Sustainable Development at Stanford  University.

LOGISTICS: 

∙ Participants should join the conference 10 minutes early.  

∙ The operator will ask for your 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 push the “1” and “0” buttons on their phones to enter  the question queue. You may also submit questions in advance via email  to afmediahub@state.gov. 

∙ If you experience technical difficulties during the call, you may  

email afmediahub@state.gov to alert the moderator to any issues. 

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