Benjamin Mossberg is the deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. He is an Africa specialist, illicit-finance expert, and former US diplomat with a range of experience in domestic and overseas assignments. A veteran over seventeen years of government service across five administrations, he held senior postings dealing with national security, illicit finance, African affairs, multilateral, governance, and human-rights issues.

At the Treasury Department from 2021 to 2023, Mossberg led efforts to combat corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, and financial crimes on the African continent. Serving as the US head of delegation to African anti-corruption organizations, Mossberg worked to strengthen efforts to improve anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks in African countries through bilateral and multilateral efforts.  Drawing on his prior diplomatic experience, Mossberg led the Treasury Department’s efforts to engage African leaders, finance ministers, and the Washington-based diplomatic community on illicit-finance issues.

Prior to returning to Washington in June 2020, Mossberg was the political counselor at the US embassy in the Republic of Congo where he served as the principal advisor to the US ambassador on national-security issues including governance, human rights, military cooperation and regional peace and security in Congo and beyond. Before joining the team at the US embassy in Brazzaville, Mossberg served as a foreign affairs country desk officer in the Africa Bureau at the US Department of State where he helped West and Central African countries combat Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations. Prior to serving in the Africa Bureau, Mossberg served as the special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs at the Department of State serving as a coordinator for the annual United Nations (UN) General Assembly and day to day operations of the Bureau, and ensuring the adoption of a wide range of UN Security Council resolutions and statements. 

Mossberg received a BA in international affairs from George Washington University in 2005 and a MA from George Mason University in 2012. He is a member of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut and the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He speaks English and French. He is married and has two children.