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Kellen McClure serves as an Anticorruption Advisor in Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). He assists in policy coordination for U.S. engagement in a number of international and regional anticorruption bodies, including the G7, G20, and the UN Convention against Corruption, and frequently represents the United States in negotiations of international anticorruption standards and principles. Kellen also leads INL’s engagement on issues related to the recovery and return of stolen public assets, working with the Department of Justice and FBI to increase international cooperation on asset recovery cases. In addition to policy coordination, Kellen manages regional anticorruption programming in Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. He also manages the State Department’s corruption-related visa denial authorities for these regions.
Prior to joining the State Department, Kellen worked as a program officer at the international NGO Freedom House, overseeing democracy and governance programming in Africa. He also led the organization’s Africa-related advocacy efforts. Kellen has worked in a variety of countries in Africa, including Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan. He earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont and has a M.A. in Government with a concentration in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.
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