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Acting Vice President, Office of Investment Policy

 

Merryl Burpoe joined OPIC in 2016 as Acting Vice President for the Office of Investment Policy, which measures the expected developmental impact of proposed projects and monitors active project to ensure they are environmentally and socially sustainable, respect human rights and encourage positive host country development impacts.

Ms. Burpoe has spent more than 20 years in both the public and private sectors, most recently as President of Hittite Green Solutions, a desalination and water treatment technology business. Previously, she served as the President of Aria Strategies, a consulting firm that provides government relations, business development, communications, and strategic planning services to major energy companies.

In 2012, she received an award from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for developing an industrial energy efficiency project that brought together multiple U.S. government agencies, U.S. and Turkish energy companies, with the Turkish government, and international financial institutions to promote cost-effective, industrial energy efficiency in Turkey.

Ms. Burpoe has also served Director, Stakeholder Relations at AES Corporation, which operates power generation and utilities facilities in 27 countries; and as Deputy Director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs in the Office of International Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy;

Director of International and Federal Government Affairs at El Paso Corporation; and Director of International Project Finance for Foster Wheeler Corporation. In these positions, she worked on energy project development and related policy issues in the U.S. and overseas.

Her public sector career included working for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 1988-1996 where she served in positions including Deputy Vice President of Investment Development, Manager for Russia and the Former Soviet Union, and Senior Officer for Latin America.

Ms. Burpoe has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.