GDF 2018: Private Enterprise in Fragile and Post-Conflict States
This is not your grandparents’ developing world: dozens of countries are richer, freer, healthier, and more self-sufficient while 56 countries are fragile and face collapse. Estimates by the OECD suggest that 80 percent of the world’s extreme poor will be in these 56 countries by 2035. The United States, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), the private sector and others development stakeholders need to work together to improve the situations in these fragile contexts. The private sector is seen as the engine of development, but how can the private sector encourage engagement in places with higher financial risks and continued security challenges?
Heather Kulp was appointed Executive Director of NDPI in January 2016. She joined NDPI in March 2015 as the Deputy Executive Director and Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production (CALAEP) Company.
Prior to joining NDPI, Kulp served as manager of public affairs for Chevron in Richmond, Calif. where she was responsible for implementing a five-year strategy designed to improve Chevron’s reputation in the community while also helping to provide leadership around issues of economic development, education and local jobs. Previously, Kulp held positions of increasing responsibility at Chevron. She served as the community engagement manager for Chevron in Richmond, responsible for developing the community investment portfolio and engaging with stakeholders throughout the area. She was community engagement advisor with Chevron’s Community Engagement Advisors group, providing strategic support on community issues to business units across the globe and later, she was responsible for developing community investment strategies and the implementation of an Enterprise-wide monitoring and evaluation system.
Before joining Chevron, Kulp spent 10 years working on conflict management, community development and monitoring and evaluation. She was the country director of Search for Common Ground’s Angola office where she led a peace building and community development program recognized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State as an example of “best practices” in international development.
Charles McLaughlin is the Director for Strategic Initiatives at the National Security Council where his focus is the realization of the President’s National Security Strategy. He previously served as Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Prior to his return to government, Charles’ career focused on both national security and business. A retired US Army Special Forces colonel, Charles has served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Joint Staff; the US Central Command, and on several stability and combat operations. In business, Charles has 15 years of experience in executive leadership and strategy consulting. He served as a senior executive at Bridgewater Associates—the world’s largest hedge fund—and has been a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, Accenture, and two boutique firms. Charles holds BS from West Point, an MA in Russian Area Studies from Harvard, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Sarah Alexander is a Senior Advisor to GIF and the Chair of the GIF Investment Committee. She brings to GIF an extensive background in innovative private capital solutions for development finance, having worked in this area in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Most recently, Ms. Alexander has advised institutional investors and fund managers on the design and development of their private capital strategies in emerging and frontier markets. Previously, she was a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in emerging markets, after serving for a decade as the Founding CEO of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). She has also been a direct long-term equity investor in the developing markets of Asia. Earlier in her career, she worked in private sector development at the World Bank Group, and in international economic and development policy at the US Department of State and in US Congress. Ms. Alexander holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA, summa cum laude, from Emory University.
Lt. General William Mayville
William Charles Mayville Jr. is an American Army lieutenant general who was most recently Deputy Commander for Operations, United States Cyber Command. Mayville graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982, branched Infantry and began his career as a Weapons Platoon Leader, Rifle Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer with the 1st Battalion, 75th Rangers at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.
Following attendance at the Infantry Officers Advance Course, LTG Mayville served as a Maintenance Officer and Company Commander in 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. He served as the Brigade Adjutant for the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division and later, the Battalion Operations Officer for 3d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He subsequently served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as the Logistics Officer (S‐4) and Regimental Executive Officer before taking command of 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. Following Battalion Command, he was assigned as Chief of Plans and Training, J3 Operations, at the Joint Special Operations Command.
In June 2002, LTG Mayville assumed command of the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy and commanded the Brigade during its airborne assault in northern Iraq as part of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in March, 2003. Following Brigade Command, he served as Chief of Staff for US Army Southern European Command and the Combined Joint Task Force 76, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. His military and civilian education includes the Command and General Staff College, the Naval War College, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.