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Shore, Marysue - Global Business Strategies

Marysue K. Shore
Global Business Strategies
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-296-8866

WNG Event Speaker: "WNG International Roundtable on South Africa"

As President of Global Business Strategies, Marysue K. Shore brings a depth of experience in identifying and developing business opportunities and structuring investment transactions in emerging markets, with particular expertise in Africa. Sectors she has been principally involved include financial services, telecommunications and technology, property development/housing, energy, mining, transportation and eco-tourism.

Marysue served for over three years as Senior Advisor to the President and as Director of African Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), 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, Marysue 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 Group­first 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 that provided development financing to telecommunications and information technology (ICT) projects worldwide.

She has worked closely with high-level government officials across Africa and in other emerging markets on implementing policies that promote good governance and generating greater foreign direct investment to support economic growth and development.

Marysue holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management 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 Group.

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