Ambassador Frazer served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. She was the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. Dr. Frazer was instrumental in establishing the Bush Administration’s signature initiatives, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Account. She is widely credited for designing the administration’s policies for ending the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burundi, and for helping resolve Kenya’s 2007 post-election crisis. In recognition of her contributions, Condoleezza Rice presented Frazer with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of State. In July 2010, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf awarded Frazer with the distinction of Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption in recognition of her contribution to restoring peace and democracy to Liberia.
Dr. Frazer received her B.A. in Political Science and African and Afro-American Studies, M.A. degrees in International Policy Studies and International Development Education, and a Ph.D. in Political Science, all from Stanford University.
Dr. Jendayi Frazer is also the Managing Partner of Africa Exchange Holdings, Ltd., a private sector company that is building commodity exchanges in Africa to provide smallscale farmers with access to storage, information and financing to strengthen their market participation. She serves as Chairman of the Board of the East Africa Exchange, Ltd, an AFEX subsidiary that is based in Kigali, Rwanda, and is the first leg of a regional exchange intended to increase transparency in the East Africa Community’s commodity markets. She is also Chairman of the Board of AFEX Commodities Exchange Ltd. in Nigeria, the first private sector commodity exchange in the country that is licensed by Nigeria’s Securities Exchange Commission.
Dr. Frazer received her B.A. in Political Science and African and Afro-American Studies, M.A. degrees in International Policy Studies and International Development Education, and a Ph.D. in Political Science, all from Stanford University. She is currently a Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.