Walter H. Kansteiner, III
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|Walter H. Kansteiner, III|
|United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs|
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Susan Rice|
|Succeeded by||Constance Berry Newman|
November 11, 1955 |
|Spouse(s)||Frances "Franny" Kansteiner|
|Alma mater||Washington and Lee University (B.A., 1977)
American University (M.A., 1981)
Virginia Theological Seminary (M.T.S., 1985)
Walter H. Kansteiner, III (born November 14, 1955) was the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from June 2001 until November 2003.
In the late 1980s, Kansteiner was appointed Director of Economic Studies at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. In May 1989, Kansteiner joined the State Department's policy planning staff as Africa director. He served in this position until June 1991, when he moved to the National Security Council as director for African affairs. In April 1992, he was appointed as the National Security Council Deputy Press Secretary.
As a founding Principal of The Scowcroft Group, Kansteiner has advised corporations on mergers, acquisitions and privatizations throughout Africa in the telecommunications, forestry, mining, financial services, health care and aviation industries. Kansteiner advised the buy side on the $1.3 billion privatization of Telkom South Africa, to date the largest privatization in Africa. He also was Executive Vice President of W.H. Kansteiner, Inc. in Chicago, an agricultural commodity trading and manufacturing company specializing in tropical commodities in the developing world.
In June 2001 he was appointed by Colin Powell as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. In 2003, he left the post, citing family reasons. He was appointed in April 2004 as independent non-executive director to the board of Spescom Limited.
Kansteiner is married, has two children Beverly and Chalker and resides in Middleburg, Virginia. His wife, Frances Kansteiner, is from Alabama. Her father William Houston Blount, ran Vulcan Materials for many years and his brother Winton M. "Red" Blount, Postmaster General in Richard Nixon's cabinet. She is a Board member of the WILD Foundation. Red and his brother, Houston, founded Blount Brothers Construction, a large construction and manufacturing firm formerly headquartered in Montgomery. It was later renamed Blount International and moved to Portland, Oregon.
Memberships and Affiliations
- United States Department of Defense, Strategic Minerals Task Force
- Senior Associate of The Forum for International Policy
- Member of Council on Foreign Relations
- Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Steering Committee and International Advisory Board Member of New Global Economy Project
- Board member of WildlifeDirect
- US Department of State: Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter H. Kansteiner to Travel to Angola and Nigeria
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- Rasmusen's Politics Weblog
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Susan E. Rice
|United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Constance Berry Newman