Travis L. Adkins

Travis L. Adkins is the Director, Global Governance and Civic Engagement at InterAction. Mr. Adkins joined InterAction from Capitol Hill, where he served as the Democratic Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organizations. In this capacity, he was a leader in legislative and policy formation for the Africa Region in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. During his tenure, Travis was deeply engaged in the U.S. response to a wide variety of issues on the continent, including: the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; the peace process in South Sudan; U.S. support to combat Boko Haram, and a wide range of initiatives supporting U.S.-Africa trade and investment, as well as improved governance.

Prior to his Hill tenure, Mr. Adkins spent 15 years working in conflict and post-conflict settings in nearly 50 nations throughout Africa and the Middle East with leading international NGOs and several branches of the United Nations system – on issues including emergency humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, and youth development. As a 2010 International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, Travis was a Practitioner-in-Residence with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP); where his work focused on the implementation of the final stages of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

He holds a B.A. in African History from Fisk University and M.A.’s in Education and International Affairs. Travis has also served as an adjunct professor with New York University, Ashesi University (Ghana), and Webster University - teaching courses in Africa and Middle East Area Studies, as well as international development. He has been a regular contributor to the BBC on Sudan, South Sudan and the greater horn of Africa, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a continuing student of Arabic and Amharic.

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