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Elizabeth Littlefield  

President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Elizabeth Littlefield was appointed by President Obama as OPIC’s tenth President and CEO.  From 2000 until 2010 Ms. Littlefield was Director of Private and Finance Sector at World Bank and Chief Executive Officer of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a multi-donor organization housed at the World Bank and created to help build a professional, global microfinance industry providing flexible, high-quality financial services to the poor.

Prior to joining CGAP in 1999, Ms. Littlefield was JP Morgan’s Managing Director in charge of capital markets and financing in emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Her responsibilities encompassed public and private financings for governments, corporations and banks, and related advisory work such as debt management and credit rating advisory.  Prior to that she set up JP Morgan’s LDC debt trading department and was JPM’s Head Debt Trader in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.  She also served as a Director in JP Morgan’s Paris office, among others.

Ms. Littlefield also spent 1989 – 1990 providing banking consultancy to several microfinance institutions in West and Central Africa.  She has taught Financing Sector Development as an Adjunct Profession in the Masters Program at S.A.I.S.  She has served on the Board and Executive Committee of Women’s World Banking, the Mastercard Foundation and Calvert Foundation, among others.  She was the founder of the Emerging Markets Charity in the UK.

Ms. Littlefield is a graduate of Brown University and also attended Ecole Nationale de Sciences Politiques in Paris.


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