"The Development Diplomat" with Fatema Sumar

LEAP Event with Q&A

Fatema sumar

Join us for a discussion with Fatema Sumar, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State. 

She will be discussing her book, "The Development Diplomat: Working Across Borders, Boardrooms, and Bureaucracies to End Poverty" and leadership challenges she has faced over her career.

 

Speaker Bio: 

Ms. Fatema Sumar has a distinguished career in the U.S. government in both executive and legislative branches. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State where she led U.S. efforts to expand regional economic and energy connectivity and as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). In Congress, she was a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the broader region. Ms. Sumar sits on Advisory Boards for Princeton, Cornell, and Indiana universities. Her work has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New Republic, The Hill, and other outlets. She is a frequent guest speaker and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Ms. Sumar currently serves as Vice President of Compact Operations at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she oversees grant investments that seek to reduce poverty through economic growth.