Highlights

  • The US president has appointed Ms Enoh T. Ebong as Acting Director US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
  • Ebong previously served as the chief operating officer of the USTDA
  • She is an alumna of University of Michigan Law School, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Biden earlier appointed into his cabinet Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo (White House counsel) and Osaremen Okolo (member COVID-19 response team)

 

United States president, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has appointed Nigerian-born Enoh Titilayo Ebong as the Acting Director, US Trade and Development Agency.

The appointment, announced on Tuesday, means for Ms Ebong a return to USTDA, where from 2004 to 2019, she had served in a variety of roles, most recently as the agency’s General Counsel, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer.

From there, she moved to serve as the head of strategic partnerships at the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, where she drove the development of strategic partnerships to expand access to education, health, financial empowerment and entrepreneurship.

 

New Role

As Acting Director, Ms. Ebong leads an agency that partners with the U.S. private sector to develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in emerging economies, while supporting U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services.

“It is an honor to return to USTDA. The opportunity to lead the Agency comes at a critical moment when the world is turning to the United States for leadership on clean energy and climate-smart infrastructure, as well as safe and secure ICT solutions.”

“The Agency is one of the most effective, targeted and proven tools within the U.S. government. I’ve long believed in USTDA’s mission and program, which are fully aligned with the President’s vision of strengthening our economy and addressing climate as an essential component of American foreign policy and national security,” said Ms. Ebong during her swearing-in ceremony.

 

Professional and academic background

Prior to joining USTDA in 2004, Ms. Ebong practised law at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris and Popeo, P.C., representing public and private companies in public offerings, financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance issues.

She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master of Arts in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in History, with Honors, from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar.

Enoh grew up in Lagos. Her father, Ime James Ebong, was a civil servant who served the Nigerian government as permanent secretary.

 

Similar appointments

In November 2020, Biden appointed Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department.

He also appointed Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo into his cabinet as White House counsel, as well as Osaremen Okolo as a member of his COVID-19 response team.

 

The USTDA

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

 

NP/Tony Ekata/USTDA PR

 

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