The Millennium Challenge Corporation believes that the key to unleashing growth in its partner countries is through active engagement and collaboration with the private sector.
MCC’s Advisory Council was created to provide a platform for systematic engagement with the private sector. The Council’s industry expertise, insights and technical recommendations help to inform our work and deepen public and private sector partnerships for greater leverage and impact in reducing global poverty.
The Role of the MCC Advisory Council
The Advisory Council is an interdisciplinary group of advisors that provides MCC with a vehicle for receiving external feedback from the private sector. Members offer insight on innovations in infrastructure, technology and sustainability; perceived risks and opportunities in MCC partner countries; and new financing mechanisms for developing country contexts – all of which help MCC remain at the cutting edge of international development.
The Advisory Council discusses operational-level work in MCC’s country portfolio, including but not limited to:
- Cutting edge technologies related to financing and information and communications technology (ICT) employed in emerging markets;
- On-going strategic partnerships that may impact MCC’s work or improve compact results;
- Best practices and lessons learned in the sectors in which MCC works; and,
- Cross-cutting issues in the international development space
In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C.—App., MCC has refiled the charter for the MCC Advisory Council (“Advisory Council”), and is hereby soliciting representative nominations for the 2018-2020 term. The Council serves MCC in a solely advisory capacity and provides insight regarding i) innovations in relevant sectors including technology, infrastructure and blended finance; ii) perceived risks and opportunities in MCC partner countries; and iii) evolving approaches to working in developing country contexts. The Advisory Council provides a platform for systematic engagement with the private sector and contributes to MCC’s mission – to reduce poverty through sustainable, economic growth. MCC uses this advice, information and recommendations to inform compact development and implementation, and broaden public and private sector partnerships for more impact and leverage. The MCC Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations affirms that the Advisory Council is necessary and in the public interest.
The Advisory Council is seeking members representing a diverse group of private sector organizations with expertise in infrastructure, business and finance and technology, particularly in the countries and regions where MCC operates.
The Advisory Council shall consist of not more than twenty-five (25) individuals who are recognized thought leaders, business leaders and experts representing US companies, the business community, advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations, foundations, and sectors including infrastructure, information and communications technology (ICT), and finance, as well as the environment and sustainable development. Qualified individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by any individual or organization.
To be considered for the Advisory Council, nominators should submit the following information:
- Name, title, organization and relevant contact information (including phone and email address) of the individual under consideration;
- A letter, on organization letterhead, containing a brief description of why the nominee should be considered for membership;
- Short biography of nominee including professional and academic credentials;
Please do not send company, trade association, or organization brochures or any other information. Materials submitted should total two pages or less. Should more information be needed, MCC staff will contact the nominee, obtain information from the nominee’s past affiliations, or obtain information from publicly available sources.
All members of the Advisory Council will be independent of the agency, representing the views and interests of their respective industry or area of expertise, and not as Special Government employees. All Members shall serve without compensation.
Nominees selected for appointment to the Advisory Council will be notified by return email and receive a letter of appointment. A selection team comprised of representatives from several MCC departments will review the nomination packages. The selection team will make recommendations regarding membership to the Vice President for Compact Operations based on criteria including:
- Professional or academic expertise, experience, and knowledge;
- stakeholder representation;
- availability and willingness to serve; and
- skills working collaboratively on committees and advisory panels.
Based upon the selection team’s recommendations, the Vice President for Compact Operations will select representatives. In the selection of members for the Advisory Council, MCC will seek to ensure a balanced representation and consider a cross-section of those directly affected, interested, and qualified, as appropriate to the nature and functions of the Advisory Council.
Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.
All nomination materials or requests for additional information should be emailed to MCCAdvisoryCouncil@mcc.gov or mailed to Millennium Challenge Corporation, Attn: Beth Roberts, Designated Federal Officer, MCC Advisory Council, 1099 14th St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.
Nominations for Advisory Council members must be received on or before 5pm EDT on August 17, 2018.
MCC plans to host the first meeting of the 2018-2020 term of the MCC Advisory Council in Fall 2018. The Council will meet at least two times a year in Washington, <abbr=”District of Columbia”>DC or via video/teleconferencing.
The Council holds meetings twice a year. In line with MCC’s core principle of transparency, and according to the guidelines set out by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, all meetings are open to the public, and meeting minutes will be posted at the bottom of this page. In advance of each meeting, a notice of meeting will be posted to the Federal Register and linked at the bottom of this page.
July 2016 – July 2018
- World Resources Institute
- McKinsey & Company
- Emerging Capital Partners
- International Business Consultant, Emerging Markets
- Dalberg - Global Development Advisors
- Carlyle Group
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- The Nature Conservancy
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Africa Expert Network; Atlantic Council
- Initiative for Global Development
- Strategic Program Management LLC
- General Electric Company
- Enactus (Retired)
- Metis Markets LLC
- Tetra Tech
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Corporate Council on Africa
- Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Georgetown University