Susan D. Page was sworn in as ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on November 16, 2011. Following her three year assignment as the first U.S. ambassador to the world’s newest nation, she served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., to the U.S. Mission to the African Union/Acting Permanent Representative to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (2015-16). Ambassador Page was also deputy assistant secretary of State for African Affairs (2009-2011), Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan (2014-2015), and from 2015-2016, she chaired the multi-agency Security Governance Initiative (SGI) for Ghana. Ambassador Page has received several top awards from the State Department for her work on Sudan, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region of Africa.
In August of 2020, Page joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Professor of the Practice of International Diplomacy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a concurrent appointment as Professor from the Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She is also assisting with the growth of the Weiser Diplomacy Center. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Ambassador Page was a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
From 2002 to 2005 Page was Legal and Political Adviser to the Horn of Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat for Peace in Sudan where she was an influential member of the mediation team, refining resolutions with the Parties and co-drafting essential elements of the final 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for Sudan. In implementation of the CPA, Page was asked to head the UN Peacekeeping Mission for Sudan's (UNMIS) Rule of Law and Corrections Advisory Unit, creating the Unit at the Mission’s inception and establishing all three offices of the Unit (Khartoum, Juba, and Darfur) (2005-2007). Page also served as Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) (2007-2009).
In 2017, Page was appointed Assistant Secretary General and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH); prior to that assignment, Page was Deputy SRSG responsible for the Rule of Law at the predecessor mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. In May 2018, the UN Secretary General appointed Page as his Special Adviser on Rule of Law, Global Focal Point (GFP) Review Implementation. Page’s recommendations for restructuring the GFP were subsequently adopted by UN leadership.
Ambassador Page is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD), a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors, a board member of Road Scholar, an advisor to the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a member of Black Professionals in International Affairs, and a former non-resident fellow of the Rift Valley Institute.
Ambassador Page began her foreign affairs career at the U.S. Department of State in 1991 and served as Attorney-Adviser for Politico-Military Affairs, USAID Regional Legal Adviser in Kenya and in Botswana covering East and Southern Africa, and Political Officer in Rwanda. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a senior legal expert in Rwanda and Sudan.
Originally from Chicago, Ambassador Page received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Harvard Law School, her A.B. in English With High Distinction from the University of Michigan, and was awarded a Rotary International Postgraduate Fellowship to Nepal where she conducted research on women’s and children’s rights. In addition, she received Certificates of Distinction (English) and Merit (Psychology) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before attending law school. She is fluent in French, loves to read and travel, and is a formidable euchre player.