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Walter H. Kansteiner, III
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs
Term of Appointment: 06/04/2001 to 11/01/2003

 

Walter H. Kansteiner, III was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs on June 4, 2001.

As a founding principal of the Scowcroft Group, Walter Kansteiner has more than 20 years experience with African and emerging market business issues . Mr. Kansteiner has advised corporations on a wide range of mergers, acquisitions, and privatizations throughout Africa. Recently he was involved with transactions in telecommunications, forestry, financial services, healthcare, and aviation services. Mr. Kansteiner advised the buy side on the $1.3 billion privatization of Telkom South Africa, to date the largest privatization in Africa.

Before joining The Scowcroft Group, Mr. Kansteiner was executive vice present of a commodity trading and processing company that specialized in tropical commodities -- coffee, cocoa, and sugar. In addition to his business experience in emerging markets, Mr. Kansteiner served in the U.S. Government as Director of African Affairs on the National Security Council staff. He also served as the Africa specialist on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a member of the strategic minerals task force in the Department of Defense. He holds graduate degrees in international economics and ethics from American University and Virginia Theological Seminary respectively. Mr. Kansteiner is the author of South Africa: Revolution or Reconciliation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.



Released on June 4, 2001

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