Ned Rauch-Mannino is a Non-resident Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Africa Program. He is a former U.S. senior official with U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Agency for International Development, Ned Rauch-Mannino served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Operations and Senior Advisor for Global Markets to support U.S. commercial diplomacy worldwide. He contributed to U.S. policies and strategies on development finance, trade capacity building, private sector engagement, and global fragility, among other measures, as well as to the launch of multiple trade and investment programs and was a co-chair and secretariat member for the White House’s Prosper Africa initiative. Prior to his federal service, he directed government affairs, strategic consulting, and economic development in various roles, and lectured for Temple University’s Economics Department as an adjunct faculty. Today, Mr. Rauch-Mannino provides strategic consulting for economic security, energy, and natural resources, and sustainability initiatives. He is a Royal Geographical Society Fellow and serves on the Smithsonian-affiliate National Museum of Industry History Board of Directors. He earned his Master’s degree from Penn State University with field research in Kenya and undergraduate degrees from Temple University.