Harry Broadman is an expert practitioner in international finance, investment and trade, business growth, risk-mitigation, innovation strategy, and corporate governance. One of the earliest serial entrepreneurs, he’s re-invented himself more than a handful of times not only in an interdisciplinary fashion, but also across greatly differentiated senior roles in the private sector, interspersed with stints as a high-level policy maker. Broadman has emerged as a genuine thought-leader on the unforeseen dynamics that have changed the underlying structure and character of world markets—long before the term “globalization” was commonplace.
These insights shaped his career focus on structuring cross-border transactions, especially in high-growth emerging markets, the parts of the world toward which Harry has always had a strong predisposition. Illustrative of this, he’s worked on-the-ground with businesses large and small in more than 75 such countries across 5 continents. With an innate sense of how business functions, Harry’s professional journey has been propelled by an intense personal inquisitiveness about the elements that shape how successful firms grow rapidly, excel at remaining more competitive than rivals, reduce exposure to risks, and constantly innovate.
Broadman is currently CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC, a global cross-border direct investment transaction strategy firm focused on emerging markets that provides operational, field-level advice on the design and execution of deals while mitigating commercial and governance risks. The firm’s clients include corporations, banks, private equity firms, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and family offices and high net worth individuals. Concurrently, Harry is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Faculty, where he serves as Director of Johns Hopkins’ new Council on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets as well as a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins’ Foreign Policy Institute. He is a monthly columnist for Forbes, Newsweek International and Gulf News.
Broadman serves or has recently served on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of: ArmorText, an enterprise systems cyber security software firm; Partners for Democratic Change, a global alternative dispute resolution firm; The Corporate Council on Africa; The Global Business School Network; The Russian-American Chamber of Commerce; and The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic. Harry is a Master Workshop Faculty Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
In 2015, Broadman stepped down as Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he founded and led PwC’s Global Business Growth Strategy Management Consulting Practice, a transaction-centered advisory business that worked with U.S. and non-U.S. Fortune 100 corporates, banks and private equity firms on consummating deals, almost all of which were in emerging markets.
Before joining PwC, he was Managing Director and served on the Investment Committee at Albright Capital Management, a private equity and alternative strategy investment fund focused exclusively on emerging markets. He was also formerly a Managing Director of The Albright Group (now Albright Stonebridge).
Previously, Harry was a senior official at the World Bank, where he negotiated and executed some of the Bank’s largest enterprise restructuring loan operations, including those in China and East Asia; Russia and the CIS; the Balkans; and Africa.
Prior to the World Bank, Broadman served as United States Assistant Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President, where he oversaw negotiations on international trade and investment in the services sectors as part of the establishment of both NAFTA and the WTO. He also led all negotiations of U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs); sat on the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); and served on the White House Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).
Earlier, Harry was Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the White House, at the time of the first Gulf War and the U.S. Savings and Loan Crisis. He came to the White House after serving on Capitol Hill as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, then chaired by John Glenn, where he was a key drafter of the Omnibus Trade Act.
Before government service, Harry worked at the RAND Corporation; Assistant Director at Resources for the Future, Inc. (RFF); Fellow at the Brookings Institution; and on the faculties of Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.
He has authored several books and numerous professional articles published in a wide array of peer-reviewed economics, foreign policy and law journals.
Harry is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of The Bretton Woods Committee. He received an A.B. in economics and history, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
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