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Walter H. Kansteiner III
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs
Term of Appointment: 06/04/2001 to 10/29/2003

Walter H. Kansteiner, III Walter H. Kansteiner III was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs on Monday, June 4, 2001. Prior to assuming his duties at the Department of State, Mr. Kansteiner was a founding principal of the Scowcroft Group. He 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. Recent transactions that he has been involved with include telecommunications, forestry, financial services, healthcare, and aviation services. Mr. Kansteiner advised the buy side on the $1.3 billion privatization of Telkom South Africa, the largest privatization in Africa to date.

Before joining The Scowcroft Group, Mr. Kansteiner was executive vice president 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's Policy Planning staff and with the Department of Defense as a member of the strategic minerals task force.

He holds graduate degrees in international economics and ethics from American University and Virginia Theological Seminary, respectively.

Mr. Kansteiner is author of South Africa: Revolution or Reconciliation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.



Released on July 12, 2001

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