The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Directors' Lunch on "Transformational Diplomacy in US-Africa Relations" with Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of African Affairs.

Ambassador Frazer was appointed by President George W. Bush in June 2005 and began her tenure as Assistant Secretary in August 2005.  Prior to becoming Assistant Secretary, Frazer served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from August 2004 to August 2005.

Among Frazer's key achievements as United States Ambassador were the oversight of rapid expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the promotion of a new era of cooperation in regional peacekeeping. 

Ambassador Frazer was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from 2001 until her swearing-in as Ambassador in June 2004. She came to the NSC from her role as an Assistant Professor at the Kennedy School of Government. As a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she served as a political-military planner with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Department.

Ambassador Frazer is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and African and African-American Studies, M.A. degrees in International Policy Studies and International Development Education, and a Ph.D. in Political Science.  Dr. Frazer was a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University; a research associate at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya; a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver; and editor of the journal Africa Today.