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Mobilizing Private Investment in International Infrastructure

Date & Time

Nov. 16, 2023
1:30pm – 4:15pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online



The Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition (WISC) launched several working groups to explore how America can be a catalyst for greater private investment that supports international development and climate action, but also leads to a free and open environment for individuals and countries alike. This led to a focus on ensuring trusted and secure communications, free and open transportation systems, and open access to critical minerals. The working groups noted that the only way to generate the kind of investment and economic growth required to meet these goals is to mobilize private sector capital on a level never seen before. The event explores paths to doing so. 

Keynote Speaker

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Hon. Nisha Biswal

Deputy CEO, US International Development Finance Corporation


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Michael A. Kumar

Global Head of Project, Commodity and Infrastructure Finance, Morgan Stanley
Marie Lam-Frendo

Marie Lam-Frendo

Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam  
Eddy Acevedo

Eddy Acevedo

Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO


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Peter Corsell

Global InfraTech Fund Partner, I Squared Capital
Shihoko Goto

Shihoko Goto

Director, Indo-Pacific Program
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John Greenwood

Co-Head of Structured Finance Americas, Co-Head of Latin America, and Head of Latin America Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
Prashanth Parameswaran

Prashanth Parameswaran

Global Fellow;
CEO and Founder, ASEAN Wonk Global, and Senior Columnist, The Diplomat
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K. Danae Pauli

Senior Advisor, Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (S/PGI), Department of State
Headshot of Kimberly Heimert

Kimberly Heimert

Founder and CEO, Energy Transition Advisory Group; former General Counsel and Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
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Tara Higgins

Partner and Co-leader of Global Energy Practice, Sidley Austin LLP

Laura Hills

Partner of Hills Stern & Morley; former Associate General Counsel for Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Hosted By

Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

The Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition works to shape conversations and inspire meaningful action to strengthen technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy as part of American economic and global leadership that benefits the nation and the world.  Read more

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and US-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial US-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in US-Africa relations.    Read more

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

Canada Institute

The mission of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute is to raise the level of knowledge of Canada in the United States, particularly within the Washington, DC policy community.  Research projects, initiatives, podcasts, and publications cover contemporary Canada, US-Canadian relations, North American political economy, and Canada's global role as it intersects with US national interests.  Read more

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

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