Press Release

MCC Advisory Council Announces New Members, Begins 2020-2022 Term

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2020

Washington, D.C., October 19, 2020 – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) today initiated the 2020-2022 term of the MCC Advisory Council. Created in 2016, the MCC Advisory Council provides a platform for systematic engagement and collaboration with the private sector.

The 25-member Advisory Council is an interdisciplinary group of advisors that provide MCC with external feedback from the private sector. Comprised of business leaders, economic development experts, and representatives of advocacy and non-profit organizations, the Advisory Council brings industry expertise, insights and technical recommendations to help inform MCC’s work around the world.

MCC CEO Sean Cairncross today welcomed the Advisory Council members during the first meeting of the 2020-2022 term. The new term commenced with updates on MCC’s operations, programs, and new initiatives, including new financing mechanisms. Throughout the term, members will offer insight on innovations in infrastructure, financing, technology and sustainability; perceived risks and opportunities in MCC partner countries; and best practices and lessons lesson learned in the sectors in which MCC works – all of which help MCC remain at the cutting edge of international development.

New Members of the 2020-2022 MCC Advisory Council members for the 2020-2022 term are:

  • Kate Ahern
    Cartica Management, LLC
  • Tony Bello
    Shine Bridge Global, Inc.
  • Carolyn Campbell
    Emerging Capital Partners
  • Peter Choharis
    The Choharis Law Group, PLLC
  • Justin DeAngelis
    Denham Capital
  • William Gaynor
    Rock Creek Advisors
  • Tariye Gbadegesin
    ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Ltd
  • Stephen Groff
    National Development Fund
  • Cem Hacioglu
    West Africa LNG Group, Inc.
  • Maureen Harrington
    Standard Bank
  • Lawrence Jones
    Edison Electric Institute
  • Jeffrey Krilla
    Kosmos Energy
  • Florie Liser
    Corporate Council on Africa
  • Tam Nguyen
  • Joshua Powell
    Development Gateway
  • Bob Prieto
    Strategic Program Management LLC
  • Shehnaz Rangwala
    Leadership Global
  • Daniel Runde
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Nadia Schadlow
    Hudson Institute
  • David Spira
  • Kate Steel
  • Valérie Vencatachellum
    Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  • Olu Verheijen
    BFA Foundation
  • Deirdre White
    Pyxera Global
  • Oren Whyche-Shaw
    USAID (retired)

The MCC Advisory Council meets at least two times a year. Members serve two-year terms with the opportunity to serve for a total of two terms. The membership of the 2020-2022 MCC Advisory Council includes new and returning members.


The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights. Learn more about MCC at