Samantha Sultoon

Visiting Senior Fellow, Global Business & Economics Program and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

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Democracy and human rights, EU, International Financial Institutions, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy, US and European Financial Regulation

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Samantha Sultoon is a visiting senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program and the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.  She is also a 2018-2019 international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations.  In her capacity as a visiting senior fellow, Ms. Sultoon publishes and provides expert insights on the use of sanctions and economic statecraft to achieve foreign policy and national security objectives. 

Formerly a sanctions policy expert for the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Ms. Sultoon played an integral role in the agency’s policy work.  She created and led the implementation of OFAC’s strategy on Brexit- and EU-related sanctions and coordination issues, including through diplomatic engagement and technical capacity building with allies and partners.  Ms. Sultoon also shaped new policies and regulations for both strengthening (Syria) and easing (Burma, Cuba, Sudan) sanctions and broader foreign policy measures.  She also helped develop and implement new economic statecraft tools to combat human rights abuse and corruption as Treasury’s representative to the interagency Atrocities Prevention Board and as the policy lead on Global Magnitsky sanctions.  During her tenure at OFAC, Ms. Sultoon was instrumental in designing the strategy and implementation of the Obama administration’s historic sanctions easing toward Cuba, and in the initial recalibration of Cuba policy by the Trump administration in 2017.  Finally, as a senior policy advisor, Ms. Sultoon represented OFAC domestically at congressional briefings and interagency meetings, and internationally in engagements with foreign governments and the private sector.

Prior to her work at OFAC, Ms. Sultoon served as an intelligence analyst and senior briefer at the Department of the Treasury, and as a risk expert for the World Bank. There, she managed and edited her team’s global risk publications for the World Bank’s Executive Board.  Ms. Sultoon also led crisis management and business continuity training for World Bank offices in the Middle East and North Africa.

Ms. Sultoon has an MSc with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a BA from the University of Michigan.