Scott Woodruff Lyons
Regional Program Lead - Africa
Scott W. Lyons is the Africa Regional Program Lead for the Defense Governance and Management Team (DGMT), responsible for organizing and conducting Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) directed Defense Institution Building (DIB) activities across Africa. He also serves as the DGMT Lead to the Security Governance Initiative (SGI). Scott joined DGMT from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he served as the Democracy, Rights and Governance (DG) Officer overseeing activities for the Office of Sudan and South Sudan programs, at the time the largest DG portfolio in Africa. Previously at USAID, he was a Democracy Specialist and Anticorruption Advisor with the Civilian Response Corps. In this capacity, he served as one the lead U.S. government development advisors on governance and rule of law in post-conflict and transitional environments. Before coming to USAID, Scott was Director of Programs at the American Society of International Law, edited a USAID technical guide on court reform, advised the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution, worked on Security Sector reform in Liberia and performed legal work for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Since 2012, Scott has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.
Scott earned a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law, a MA in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, and a BA in Middle Eastern/North African Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia.
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