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Mr. Laird Treiber

Business Advisor for Africa


Laird Treiber is a Business Advisor for Africa at the Transnational Strategy Group.  Prior to this position, he was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service in the State Department.  He worked most recently as the State Department’s Senior Liaison for Prosper Africa, the Administration’s program to promote trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa.  Laird previously served as the Economic Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassies in South Africa, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as earlier tours in Poland, Mexico and Washington.  From 2018-19, the State Department detailed Laird as the Senior Adviser to the President of the Corporate Council on Africa, where he helped hold two major international events bringing U.S. and African companies together with senior government leaders.  Laird has worked extensively on issues related to energy, environment and climate change, finance, trade, Intellectual Property Rights and aviation.

Over the course of his career, Laird has developed broad experience counseling U.S. and foreign companies on how to evaluate economic and political risk.  Laird is proficient in Turkish, Spanish and remembers some of his Polish.  Laird received a BS from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, an MIA from Columbia and a Masters of Security Studies from National Defense University.  Laird is also a Senior Associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

Practice group focus area(s)

Publications and Media