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Robyn Kessler

Robyn Kessler is Executive Director for Middle East and Africa of the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Kessler oversees a team of 164 people, in 27 offices across the Middle East, Africa and Commerce headquarters. Ms. Kessler most recently served as the Principal Commercial Officer for North India at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi from 2014 – 2017, managing a team of 23 American officers and Indian specialists. Ms. Kessler was also Commerce’s Digital Trade Attaché for India. 

Ms. Kessler’s previous assignments include concurrently serving as Commercial Attaché in Moscow and Acting Senior Commercial Officer in Kazakhstan from 2011 – 2014, Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 – 2011, as well as Commercial Attaché in Mexico City and at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. Ms. Kessler joined the Foreign Service in 2004. 

Ms. Kessler has sixteen years of international trade private sector experience in strategic consulting and supply chain management, working in Washington, DC, Brussels, New York, Manila, Paris and the Dominican Republic. Ms. Kessler holds a BA from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is married to Jonathan Kessler, a career member of the State Department Senior Foreign Service.