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Wilson Center Africa Program Welcomes New Sudans Working Group Co-Chairs

The Africa Program is honored to announce Ambassador Nureldin Satti and Ambassador Donald Booth have agreed to serve as the new co-chairs of the Sudans Working Group (SWG).

Ambassador Satti, a former Wilson Center Global Fellow and previous co-chair of the SWG, is a seasoned diplomat and a retired UN senior official from Sudan. He served as Sudan’s ambassador to the United States, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and the Vatican as well as Permanent Delegate to UNESCO; and as Minister Plenipotentiary in the embassies of Sudan to Belgium and Chad. He has rich experience in mediation and peacebuilding through his work on a number of conflict situations across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Ambassador Booth served as U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan from August 2013 until January 2017 and again as Special Envoy for Sudan 2019-2021. Also a former member of the US Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Booth also previously served as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 2010-2013, Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia from 2008-2010, and Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia from 2005-2008.

Both ambassadors began their new tenures as SWG co-chairs in August 2022 with meetings starting this week.


The Sudans Working Group (SWG) engages US, African, and international policymakers and stakeholders in inclusive and forward-leaning policy dialogue aimed at advancing the prospects for peace, security, and development between and within Sudan and South Sudan. Since its founding in 2009, the SWG has served as a space for its members and key stakeholders to share analyses and perspectives and provide policy options for addressing critical issues related to the two countries. 

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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our Africa Up Close blog, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more