Patricia Sheikh is an agricultural trade and development expert and is currently the Agribusiness Director at the Corporate Council on Africa. In this role, she is responsible for promoting agribusiness and investment between the United States and nations of Africa for their member companies. Pat has also served as Deputy Administrator, the Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service. As Deputy Administrator, Patricia was in charge of the overall leadership of USDA’s trade and development objectives and programs and oversaw all activities regarding the implementation of food assistance, trade capacity building, and agricultural development programs. Through her leadership, Patricia helped developing countries around the world improve their agricultural systems thereby improving their standard of living and their ability to engage in two-way trade. Prior to her work as Deputy Administrator of the Office of Capacity Building and Development, Patricia was the Deputy Administrator of International Trade Policy, the World Cotton Coordinator, and a Trade Analyst at the Office of Foreign Economic Policy.
Patricia holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an M.A. in International Relations from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the General Administration Board at the USDA Graduate School and served as an Advisory Board Member for the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Tuskegee University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the German Marshall Fund and Leadership Africa. Patricia joined the Roots of Peace Board of Directors in October 2014.
Patricia has numerous awards acknowledging her accomplishments including the Presidential meritorious Executive Award (2001) and the Presidential Rank Award (2007).