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Marysue K. Shore

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Bio

As President of Global Business Strategies, Marysue K. Shore brings a wealth of experience in identifying market opportunities and structuring business and investment transactions in emerging markets, with particular expertise in Africa.

Marysue has worked at the highest levels of business and government, developing an intimate knowledge of the markets and establishing well-placed networks that facilitate invaluable access to individuals, information and investment opportunities. Building on this experience, she provides clients with cutting-edge advice and analysis of market entry and investment opportunities; identifies strategic alliances which will enhance clients’ investments and business transactions; and facilitates funding to support their projects and initiatives.

Prior to founding GBS, Marysue served as Senior Advisor to the President and as Director of African Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now the U.S. Development Finance Corporation), focusing its equity funds, financing and insurance activities on the compelling investment opportunities in Africa—increasing its investment portfolio on the continent from $85 million to over $2 billion during her tenure. In addition to her work in Africa, she was responsible for coordinating OPIC’s efforts in the information and communication technology sector as well as exploring how OPIC could maximize its role in the area of renewable energy.

Earlier in her career, Marysue worked at the World Bank Group, first in the Southern Africa Department coordinating the Bank’s investment and advisory work in the region. She later directed the Information for Development Program (infoDev), a global, multi-investor fund providing financing to telecommunication and information technology projects worldwide.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Management and in Spanish from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has completed coursework in international finance and marketing at the Universidad de San Luis in Madrid, Spain. She is proficient in Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Marysue is a member of the U.S. President’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa and served on the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. She is a frequent commentator on investment and trade in emerging markets and lecturer on finance and risk management in international trade.

On April 15, 2002, she was formally adopted as a member of the Maasai tribe of Kenya.

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