Dr. Robin Renee Sanders owns FE3DS, LLC, and is also the founder of the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative, which works both on economic development projects and business strategies for Africa. Prior to this, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to several countries (Nigeria and Republic of Congo) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS. Dr. Sanders also has experience in the non-governmental arena having served as the Director of the International Affairs and Communications Departments at AFRICARE. As an academic, Ambassador Sanders was the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commander of the Eisenhower National Resource College -- one of the U.S. military’s premier institutions at Washington’s National Defense University -- where she also taught International Affairs, National Security Strategies and African Studies. Dr. Sanders has served twice as the Director for Africa at the National Security Council at the White House, and has a range of foreign affairs, public policy, and analytical experience. She is also a noted international lecturer, and a Visiting Scholar under Woodrow Wilson Fellows Program, and Nigeria's National Defence College and is on the U.S. EXIM and USTR Advisory Groups. Sanders has expertise in economic and business development; election processes; human rights, food security education, environment, democracy, and conflict resolution and best practice expertise on energy sector reform having worked in two oil-producing African nations.
Ambassador Sanders holds a Doctor of Science degree from Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University (RMU); Master of Art and Master of Science degrees in International Relations, Africa Studies, and Communications, respectively from Ohio University; and, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hampton University. Dr. Sanders is also currently Board Chairperson of Songhai Integrative Farms Systems – which are leading African economic development Centers of Excellence. Ambassador Sanders focuses her advocacy and business efforts on the key global issues of food security, agriculture, education, environment- energy, economics, development and self-help or what she calls the FEEEDS issues. As founder of the FEEEDS® Advocacy Initiative on the global issues noted above, she works on development projects associated with FEEEDS at RMU, and Songhai. She is a RMU, Smithsonian Africa Art Museum, and Human Rights Watch Board Member, and is in the process of writing a book on African socio-economic communication expressions.
Sanders is the recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian Honor Award (one of the highest U.S. military civilian honor awards); three State Department Superior Honor Awards; four State Department Meritorious Honor Awards; the “Presidential Medal of Honor” from the President of the Republic of Congo; several citations in Who’s Who in America; and, was recently inducted into the U.S. National Honor and Scholar Society for her leadership, public service and academic work. Her overseas postings have included Dominican Republic, Portugal, Sudan, Namibia, Senegal, Republic of Congo, and Nigeria, with missions to Angola, South Africa, DRC, Cameroon, Botswana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, and Benin. Sanders speaks French, some Spanish and Portuguese. Articles written by Dr. Sanders can be found on: www.blogitrrs.blogspot.com, www.huffingtonpost.com, , or follow her on www.twitter.com/#rrsafrica
Nigerian Chieftancy Titles:
1. Ada Nri of Nri Kingdom in Anambra State - First Daughter of the King; 2.) Yeye Oba Of Ogidi- Ijumu in Kogi State - Queen Mother of Ogidi Ijumu land; 3.) Nne Oma of Ebonyi State - Good Mother of Ebonyi State; 4.) Gimbiyan Muri of Taraba State - Princess of Muri in Taraba State; 5.) Ada Mazi of Arochukwu Kingdom in Abia State - First Daughter of the Family or First Daughter of the Soil