Dr. Barbara C. Samuels II
Dr. Samuels heads the non-profit Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance (GlobalDF) aimed at advancing the mobilization of the private sector for development. Advocacy includes chairing Africa investment forums (World Bank, New York Stock Exchange).
Prior positions with over 30 years of finance, credit, and policy experience related to developing countries include:
- Chase Manhattan Bank’s Director of Country Assessment, where she was responsible for managing US$50 billion of country risk exposure worldwide;
- Managing Director of Moody’s Emerging Markets Service (developing a joint venture with the IFC);
- Project Director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Roundtable on “Country Risk in the Post Asia Crisis: Identifying Risks, Strategies, and Policy Implications;” and President of the Association of Political Risk Analysts.
- She also served as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; and as an Advisory Board Member of Georgetown University’s Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, New School University’s Center for Economic Policy Analysis, and Pace University’s Center for Global Finance.
Publications include Managing Risk in Developing Countries (Princeton University Press); “Emerging Markets are Here to Stay,” in Foreign Affairs; and “The Untapped Potential for Development Finance Institutions to Catalyze Private Investment,” World Economic Forum.
Dr. Samuels has a Ph.D. in Management and Political Science from MIT, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management, and an M.S. in Political Science from MIT.