Rebecca Schneider

black and white head and shoulders shot of Rebecca Schneider wearing patterned shirt and long black hair.

Agriculture, Food and Drink Attaché for Africa, Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Currently based in: United Kingdom/Nairobi, Kenya

MPhil Politics: European Politics and Society (2009)

Talk to me about: The UK Civil Service, International Trade, UK relationship with Africa, US-UK Affairs, EU Affairs and Trade, & Agriculture

Rebecca Schneider serves as the Agriculture, Food and Drink Attaché for Africa (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). She is responsible for leading Defra's strategic approach towards UK agricultural exports to Africa and broadening market access for agri-food products. She also works closely with government and sectoral partners across the region. Previously she was the Head of Arable Farming for Defra.

Rebecca has previously also served in the Department for International Trade (DIT) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). In each of these roles, she has been at the forefront of developing policy, alongside preparing and leading the UK’s most recent international trade negotiations. 

She has also previously worked at the University of Oxford (Blavatnik School of Government) and in Washington, DC - where she has experience on Capitol Hill, in the US Department for Agriculture, and in a human-rights oriented think-tank. She also coordinated the Project for a United and Strong America’s ‘Setting Priorities for American Leadership: A New National Security Strategy for the United States.’  As a result of her work in Washington DC, she was named one of the ‘Top 99 under 33’ Foreign Policy Leaders by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

At the University of Oxford, she completed an M.Phil in European Politics and Society, with a dissertation on multilateral trade negotiations.


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