Daniel Whitman is a Templeton Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A former Foreign Service Officer with the United States Information Agency and Department of State, he served in Europe, Africa, and Haiti. He joined the working staffs of the Obama White House Africa Leaders’ Summit (2014), and the Biden Africa Summit (2022). A practitioner of public diplomacy, he is an active member and former board member of the Public Diplomacy Council of America.
Since 2020 he has been teaching “Africa: Challenges and Prospects” at the Elliott School. He has also mentored Kazakh administrators on their intensive study tours at GW on the Bolashak Scholars Program. In addition, he teaches International Crisis Management by zoom to advanced students in Ukraine and other countries.
Previously he taught International Relations, Research Methods, and Cross-Cultural Communication at American University. He also served as a Fulbright professor of English language and American Literature at Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville, Congo, and for 14 years, served as an English-French interpreter for Francophone Africans on official tours of the United States. He also served as president and a founding member of the Virtual Educa Foundation, bringing educational alternatives to Latin America.
He is author of books on Haiti, European stringed instruments, public diplomacy, and Africa topics including cultural exchange between the United States and South Africa during the apartheid period. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Service Journal, Ba Shiru, Research in African Literatures and others.
(Uzhhorod, Ukraine, June, 2023)