Quarterly Public Town Hall

 

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Doors open at 9:45 am

Millennium Challenge Corporation, Bowen Second Floor Conference Rooms
875 Fifteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Topics of discussion will include Power Africa, MCC collaboration with PEPFAR, and an update on water and sanitation investments in Zambia.

Participants

Moderator

Paul Weinberger

Vice President, Department of Congressional and Public Affairs

As Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs, Paul Weinberger is responsible for managing MCC’s relationships with Congress, the media and other external stakeholders. Previously, Mr. Weinberger served as Director of Congressional Relations at Peace Corps.

From 2003 until 2011, Mr. Weinberger was Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, who was a senior member on both the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on the Judiciary. In that capacity, Mr. Weinberger advised the senator on all legislative and policy issues, planned legislative strategy and supervised legislative staff.

Mr. Weinberger also served as counsel to the House Committee on Government Reform and as a professional staff member on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, where he advised Senator Robert C. Byrd on constitutional and other legal issues.

Mr. Weinberger earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

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Panelist

Kamran M. Khan

Vice President, Department of Compact Operations

Kamran Khan is Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Mr. Khan is responsible for overseeing MCC’s $9 billion compact grant program portfolio, and manages the agency’s engagement with partner country governments and civil societies to reduce poverty and generate sustainable economic growth. Mr. Khan is responsible for ensuring rigorous stewardship of U.S. Government resources, establishing partnerships with the private sector and development partners, and promoting MCC’s principles of country ownership, accountability and achieving results.

Prior to joining MCC, Mr. Khan served as Program Director of the World Bank Global Infrastructure Finance Center of Excellence in Singapore. He established the World Bank Group (WBG) office in Singapore in 2009, and worked with Government of Singapore to create a WBG hub focused on infrastructure finance. He also led the WB’s Infrastructure Finance Practice in East Asia and was a member of WB’s Global Expert Team on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). He has led numerous PPP projects in developing countries to financial close.

Mr. Khan was a member of the Board (Asia) of International Project Finance Association, and served as a Technical Advisor on Infrastructure Finance to APEC Business Advisory Council. He has also served as a member of the Task Force on Investment and Infrastructure for the B-20, and was Advisor to ASEAN.

Mr. Khan’s experience includes investment banking and advisory services with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and LEK Consulting. He also served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was instrumental in the launch of USAID’s global project finance and guarantee facility.

Mr. Khan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Science in International Development and Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Panelist

Kumar Ranganathan

Practice Lead, Water and Sanitation

Kumar Ranganathan is Senior Director and Practice Lead in the Water and Sanitation Division of the Department of Compact Operations at MCC. In this role, Mr. Ranganathan leads a team of engineers and project managers managing a $2 billion portfolio of water and sanitation projects in MCC partner countries. He oversees the development and implementation of projects ranging from policy reforms to construction of rural water points and peri-urban wastewater treatment facilities to irrigation infrastructure.

Mr. Ranganathan has extensive international development expertise and experience in transport, water, telecommunications and power. Prior to MCC, he consulted with private companies and governments in the areas of infrastructure project development, infrastructure privatization and project financing. Previously, Mr. Ranganathan was Manager of Infrastructure and Private Sector Development at the World Bank in Washington, DC, where he provided financial and technical assistance to more than 20 developing countries worldwide.

Mr. Ranganathan has also served as Senior Manager at an international consulting firm, providing assistance to private companies in project financing, privatization, mergers & acquisition and corporate finance. Mr. Ranganathan has managed the privatization of three major public utility companies in England and Wales.

Mr. Ranganathan holds advanced degrees in Engineering from the University of London and University of Cambridge (England), and an MBA (Finance) from the University of London.

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Panelist

Chris Broughton

Development Policy Advisor

Christopher Broughton is Development Policy Advisor in the Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where he advises and assists with the management oversight of MCC’s $8 billion global foreign assistance portfolio.

Prior to joining MCC, Christopher served as Director for Stability Operations on the White House National Security Staff, from 2008-2011. In that capacity, Christopher helped to coordinate the interagency formulation and launch of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, signed by President Obama in September 2010. In addition to global development policy, Christopher’s responsibilities on the National Security Staff included security sector assistance policy and the international affairs budget.

Previously, Christopher was Country Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance at the Department of State, and prior to that a Presidential Management Fellow on the Afghanistan Desk at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Christopher began his career in international development as a small business development Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 1999-2002. Christopher is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he obtained a Master in Public Affairs degree, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he received baccalaureate degrees in Politics and Economics, with honors, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Hindi and Urdu.

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