Jacqueline Musiitwa is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. 

Musiitwa is a senior climate finance advisor at USAID and an international attorney specialized in business, human rights, and sustainability. She previously served in various leadership capacities at Rio Tinto, the Trade and Development Bank, and the World Trade Organization, and also served as an attorney running a legal consultancy.  Musiitwa is a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy and sits on the boards of IDEO.org and the International Rescue Committee UK. 

Musiitwa currently teaches at Georgetown University and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She previously taught at universities in the United States and Rwanda. As a research associate at the China Law Development Project at Oxford University, her research focuses on Chinese companies’ compliance with international law.

She speaks and writes regularly on African business and geopolitical issues. She has published articles in the Financial TimesProject Syndicate, National Public Radio, CNBC Africa, and has been interviewed by BBC, Newsweek, the National Public Radio, the Guardian, the East African, and South China Morning Post

She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a young global leader of the World Economic Forum, an Archbishop Tutu fellow of the Africa Leadership Institute, an Aspen new voices fellow of the Aspen Institute, a cybersecurity fellow of the New American Foundation, and a Mo Ibrahim Foundation leadership fellow at the World Trade Organization.

She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Davidson College.