High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence

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Josette Sheeran
Under-Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of State

Ambassador Josette Sheeran currently serves as Under-Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs where she is responsible for economic issues including development, trade, agriculture, finance, energy, telecommunications and transportation. She was recently selected as the next head of the UN World Food Program, which provides assistance to millions of hungry people around the world. Ambassador Sheeran has developed several important U.S. initiatives and has been a leader in reconstruction responses for Afghanistan, the Pakistan earthquake, Lebanon and elsewhere. Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Sheeran served as Deputy United States Trade Representative in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Ambassador Sheeran has a 20-year proven track record as a management leader, including overseeing the State Department’s economic diplomatic corps of 2,000. Before joining USTR, she was managing director of Starpoint Solutions, a leading Wall Street technology firm. She also served as President and CEO of Empower America, a Washington DC think tank. Ambassador Sheeran has a distinguished background in media. During her tenure as managing editor of the Washington Times, she was a regular commentator on programs such as CNN, Nightline and the McLaughlin Group. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for more than a decade and has served on its Washington advisory board. In 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Ambassador Sheeran as one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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