Biography

Todd Haskell
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Southern Africa and Public Diplomacy
Bureau of African Affairs
Term of Appointment: 08/2015 to present

Todd Haskell became the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs in August 2015. Previously, he was the Africa Bureau’s Director of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, directing the deployment of public diplomacy personnel and resources at 48 U.S. embassies and consulates in Sub-Saharan Africa. In that position, he worked with posts in the field and agencies in Washington to implement the first Mandela Washington Fellowship, the signature program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Prior to coming to Washington, Mr. Haskell served as a Public Affairs Counselor in the Dominican Republic from 2010 to 2013, where he managed a broad public diplomacy program that built on the strong historic ties between the two countries. As Public Affairs Officer in Johannesburg, South Africa between 2006 and 2010, he managed outreach during the lead up to the World Cup, linking the excitement around the event to the country’s fight in the HIV/AIDS crisis. As Public Affairs Counselor in Burkina Faso from 2003 to 2006, and during a long period as acting Deputy Chief of Mission there, Mr. Haskell worked on efforts to significantly broaden the U.S. relationship with that country that included the introduction of the Millennium Challenge Account, and access to the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

His other overseas assignments include Karachi, Pakistan; Manila, the Philippines; Poznan, Poland; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Mexico City, Mexico. He has also served as an observer on the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt, and as intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the Department of State.

Mr. Haskell joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and attained the rank of Counselor in 2012. He is a recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award. Mr. Haskell holds a Bachelor of Foreign Service Degree from Georgetown University.