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Jeffrey R. Krilla

Jeffrey R. Krilla is co-chair of Dentons' Africa Committee and a member of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation practice. Mr. Krilla has extensive foreign policy experience and has spent most of his career working around the globe on trade, development and human rights. As a former senior State Department official who has led U.S. delegations on five continents, Mr. Krilla’s significant international experience offers clients practical solutions to a wide range of international business challenges. Mr. Krilla is a member of the Atlantic Council as well as the board of Refugees International, for whom he recently led a mission to Kenya to support Somali refugees resident in that country in addition to being an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Krilla served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He led the Department’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts and created the Department’s first-ever Office of International Labor Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. Krilla also co-chaired the Secretary's Global Internet Freedom Taskforce, working with technology companies and a coalition of nongovernmental organizations to press governments around the world on internet freedom of speech issues. Before his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Krilla served as regional director for Africa for the International Republican Institute (IRI), chaired by Sen. John McCain, where he oversaw and coordinated programs and election observations in numerous African countries. In 2002, Mr. Krilla worked closely with now-Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to coordinate IRI's conference in Burkina Faso of Liberian opposition parties, civil society, news media and representatives of rebel factions to discuss Liberia's democratic future.