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Jocelyn Brown Hall, U.S national, assumed her position as Deputy Regional Representative for Africa as of 1 April 2019. 

Jocelyn Brown Hall has held various positions in food security, agricultural development and trade capacity building. She commenced her career teaching English at an agricultural university in Peshawar, Pakistan, while she was in the Peace Corps from 1988 to 1990. Thereafter, she ran the largest income generation program for Afghan women refugees in Pakistan for Save the Children, until she was evacuated from that country during the first Gulf war. 

Deputy Regional Representative: Jocelyn Brown Hall

Ms. Brown Hall, a national of the United States, holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in International Business and Development from the George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA; and graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, with a Bachelor’s degree in American Literature. 

Ms. Brown Hall has held various positions in food security, agricultural development and trade capacity building. She commenced her career teaching English at an agricultural university in Peshawar, Pakistan, while she was in the Peace Corps from 1988 to 1990. Thereafter, she ran the largest income generation program for Afghan women refugees in Pakistan for Save the Children, until she was evacuated from that country during the first Gulf war. 

Upon her return to the United States, she worked in the private sector where she served as Special Assistant to the President and CEO of Development Associates, which was the largest Hispanic-owned government contractor for the USAID at the time.  Upon completion of her MBA, Ms. Brown Hall worked for the government of the District of Columbia while it was under financial receivership, where she addressed procurement, financial and human resources issues under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and coordinated the District’s largest ever bond sale, at US$260 million, to upgrade the Water and Sewer Authority. 

In 1998, she joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Foreign Agricultural Service, where she coordinated USDA’s international development and training programs valued at over US$65 million, with 165 staff members.

She was the lead USDA expert on USDA’s technical relationship with international organizations such as FAO, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture and various international research centers. During a reorganization in 2006, she commenced a new office to focus on strategy coordination and led the Department’s bilateral and regional relationships in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She coordinated USDA’s response to avian influenza outbreaks and food security strategy for Haiti.

In 2005, she became Deputy Administrator in the Foreign Agricultural Service where she led USDA’s US$2 billion food and technical assistance programs in low and middle income countries.

She also coordinated the Department’s contribution to the U.S. government’s Global Food Security Strategy, Water Strategy, Global Nutrition Strategy and Global Health Strategy.