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Harry Broadman

Authority on Multinational Business Growth, Risk, and Innovation
  • Expert practitioner on business growth, capitalizing on ‘first mover’ market advantage, and applying productivity-enhancing advances in technology
  • Worldwide experience not only at the C-Suite and Boardroom levels but also on the factory-floor in emerging markets, such as China, India, and Brazil
  • Currently CEO of global cross-border investment transaction advisory firm; Johns Hopkins faculty; and monthly columnist on growth and risk for Forbes
Topics & Types
ChinaEconomic OutlookCorporate Social Responsibility International BusinessBusiness StrategyGeopoliticsCEOs
  • Former International Private Equity Executive; Founder, PwC’s Global Business Strategy Management Consulting Practice; RAND Corp; World Bank Official; White House Trade Negotiator; President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Harvard Faculty; Albright Stonebridge
  • Currently Johns Hopkins Faculty Member; CEO, Emerging Markets Investment Transaction Advisory Firm; Non-Executive Board Director; Expert Witness on Trade, Antitrust, Regulation, FCPA, and CFIUS; Monthly Columnist for Forbes; Newsweek; Gulf News
  • Seasoned Operational Practitioner Seizing 'First Mover' Advantage; Developing Nimble Supply Chains; Executing Novel Strategies Reducing Risk; Devising Double Bottom Line Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives
  • Expertise in 3 Broad-Based Industry Sectors:  Financial Services; Infrastructure Industries; Energy, Mining, and Natural Resources
  • Extensive Geographic Experience Working in C-Suites and Boardrooms—and on Factory-Floors—in 75+ Emerging Markets Spanning 5 Continents, including China, India, ASEAN, LATAM, Eastern Europe, The Balkans, Russia and CIS, Turkey, Africa, and the Middle East
  • Author of best-selling book, Africa's Silk Road: China and India's New Economic Frontier

Harry G. Broadman is a globally renowned executive, practitioner and authority on enterprise restructuring, new product market entry, cross-border geographic expansion, and co-investment strategic alliances to sharpen international business competitiveness.

Broadman has extensive experience in:  Structuring complex corporate cross-border finance, investment and trade transactions; Negotiating and leveraging sovereign international trade agreements and investment treaties as well as advising on CFIUS-related matters; Developing multidimensional risk-mitigation and FCPA compliance protocols; Executing robust corporate governance reforms, especially proactive activist stakeholder strategies; Championing adoption of productivity-enhancing innovation; and Testifying as an Expert Witness on trade, antitrust, regulation and economic damages cases.

An early serial entrepreneur, Harry'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 and regulator. 

Broadman 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 strategies that propel firms' competitiveness, especially in emerging markets, the parts of the world toward which Harry has always had a strong predisposition.

A strategic advisor to C-suites and Boards, Broadman has worked for companies as diverse as GE, IBM, Coca-Cola, Canon, Exxon-Mobil, Valmet, Corning, Heineken, Merck, Walmart, Deere, the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, Intel, ICANN, SunEdison, Illinois Tool Works, Westinghouse, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Microsoft, Manitowoc, PPG, Tyco, Caterpillar, Dow, McCormick, CEMEX, and Avon.

As a speaker, Harry brings to audiences a unique combination of fundamentally insightful and pragmatic views about how commercial, financial and policy changes that drive international markets, will alter enterprises' opportunity-risk tradeoffs in ways few ever could have predicted.  Rather than using a 'rear-view mirror' approach, he provides a prospective prism to frame critical business decision-making challenges. Moreover, he exposes the ways markets intrinsically tend to operate in 'non-linear' patterns. Aside from leaving audiences with concrete takeaways, his speeches are entertaining and infused with his infectious sense of humor.

He’s been interviewed numerous times on television and radio and been widely quoted in the electronic/print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, BBC, CNN, NPR, CNBC, CCTV, Fortune, CBC, The People’s Daily, Time, Kommersant, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Business Africa, El Pais, Le Monde, Nihon Keizai Shinbun, and The Washington Post.   

At present, Broadman is CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC, a global cross-border investment transaction firm that provides operational, field-level advice on the design and execution of deals in emerging markets. Clients include corporations, banks, private equity firms, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and family offices and high net worth individuals.

Concurrently, Harry is on 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 also a monthly business columnist for Forbes, Newsweek-International and Gulf News. In addition, Broadman is engaged by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a Master Workshop Faculty Member.

Broadman serves or has recently served on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of: ArmorText, a cybersecurity end-to-end enterprise-wide communication services provider; PartnersGlobal, an international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) entity operating in 22 countries; The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, a healthcare and telecom services provider across 4 African countries; The Global Business School NetworkThe Russian-American Chamber of Commerce; and The Corporate Council on Africa.

In 2015, Broadman stepped down as Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he founded and led PwC's Global Business Growth Investment Management Consulting Practice, that structured investment operations at the field-level for U.S. and non-U.S. Fortune 100 corporates, private equity firms and investment houses. In addition to running PwC's management consultancy, Broadman served as PwC's Chief Economist, working with the firm's Audit and Tax Practices.

Before joining PwC, he was Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee at Albright Capital Management, an international private equity and alternative strategy investment fund chaired by Madeleine Albright. He was also Managing Director of The Albright Group (now Albright Stonebridge), a business diplomacy consultancy.

Prior to that, Harry was a senior official at the World Bank, where he oversaw the Bank's largest sovereign finance operations and enterprise restructuring investments in China; Russia and the Former Soviet Union states; and the Balkans. He also served as Economic Advisor for the entire Africa Region.

Earlier, Broadman worked in the White House as Chief of Staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers during the first Gulf War and the Savings and Loan Crisis.

He was then appointed as United States Assistant Trade Representative. In this position, he led the U.S. negotiations on international trade and investment across all services industries as part of the establishment of both NAFTA and the WTO. He also managed all negotiations of U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with other sovereigns. He was a Board Member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and served on the White House Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which assesses national security impacts of inbound investment.

Broadman came to the Executive Branch after serving as a Senior Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, then chaired by John Glenn, during which time Harry was a core drafter of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act.

Prior to his government service, Harry was on the Harvard University faculty; staff member at the RAND Corporation; Assistant Director, Center for Energy Policy at Resources for the Future, Inc.; and fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He has authored several books and numerous professional articles published in a wide array of peer-reviewed finance, economics, law, and foreign policy journals. His most recent books are: Africa's Silk Road: China and India's New Economic Frontier;  From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy; and The State As Shareholder: China's Management of Enterprise Assets.

Broadman 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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