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Rajakumari Jandhyala has served as USAID’s deputy assistant administrator for Africa since October 2010. In this capacity, she oversees the Offices of Sudan Programs and East African Affairs. Prior to coming to USAID, Jandhyala worked as a senior advisor and head of the Peace and Security Division in the Department of State, Office of the United States Special Envoy to Sudan.
Jandhyala is an expert on national security with a focus on war-to-peace transitions and public policy reforms in countries affected by conflict. Over the last 17 years, she was engaged by governments to develop and launch national strategies for peace negotiations, to deploy peacekeeping missions, to carry out complex policy reforms in security and development, and to manage crises fueled by insurgencies, terrorism, resource competition and political transitions. In addition, she has extensive experience working in regional and multilateral organizations on peace and security initiatives.
Some of her appointments include: senior strategic advisor to the Government of Nigeria in the Office of the Vice President; senior conflict advisor to the Government of Uganda in the Office of the Prime Minister; senior advisor to the Ministry of Defense in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); senior peace and security advisor to the African Union; senior advisor to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; special advisor to the United Nations Special Representative to DRC; national coordinator in the Government of Sierra Leone in the Office of the President; advisor to the Government of Angola Ministry of Defense in support of the Luena agreement; reconstruction advisor to the Government of Liberia in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning; and public sector management consultant with the World Bank on poverty reduction and economic recovery issues.
Jandhyala received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is a member of the International Working Group on National Security, and was a visiting scholar at SAIS, focusing on national security and economic development. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.
Areas of expertise:
- Sudan Africa
- East Africa
- Conflict, peace and national security
Last updated: January 15, 2013