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Global Head Emerging Market Economics
Jahangir Aziz heads J.P. Morgan’s global emerging markets economics team. He led Asia emerging market economics over 2013-16 after having joined the firm in late 2008 as the India chief economist. Prior to that, he served as Principal Economic Advisor to India’s Minster of Finance having spent 12 years at the IMF where he headed the China division from 2004-07. Jahangir holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Director and Practice Head, Africa
Amaka leads the firm's Africa practice, directing its analysis of regional trends and the interaction of politics, policy, and markets. Her own work focuses on political and economic trends in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, and Senegal.
Amaka has on-the-ground experience working across the African continent with organizations such as Africare, the African Development Bank, the International Crisis Group, and the International Rescue Committee. From 2011 to 2015, she practiced law in the international arbitration and litigation group of global law firm Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where she represented multinational corporations in multimillion-dollar, cross-border disputes throughout the region. Amaka is a regular commentator and speaker on Nigerian and African affairs. A native of Enugu, Nigeria, she is fluent in Igbo and French. Amaka holds a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a doctor of law degree from Harvard Law School.
Vice President, Asset Management
Eric Wittleder is a Vice President within Brookfield’s infrastructure debt group with responsibility for origination, execution and asset management for transactions across the Americas. Eric joined Brookfield in 2017 from Societe Generale where he had been Vice President, Energy and Project Finance Group, advising on and raising debt capital for energy and infrastructure projects in the US and Latin America. Eric previously held positions at SMBC, Banco Espirito Santo, and WestLB. While at SMBC, Eric was seconded for 2 years to Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional in Bogota, Colombia to build out its project finance unit and support the country’s infrastructure program. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science (Foreign Service) from Georgetown University.
Global Head of Coverage, Clean Power
Charles Eberly serves as the Global Head of Coverage for CrossBoundary’s Clean Power practice. He leads of team based across Southern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. CrossBoundary Clean Power takes a transaction-centered approach to facilitate nascent stage energy markets in their development and transformation. Charles advises governments and IPPs with a primary focus on national priority projects involving complex deal structuring.
Prior to CrossBoundary, Charles worked for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the M&A team of an international firm investing in air, maritime, and land logistics assets across Africa, and Northern Trust’s Asia Pacific alternative investments practice based in Hong Kong.
He is a decorated United States Marine Corps infantry officer and veteran of the War in Afghanistan. Charles holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He was a Patrick Henry Honors Scholar at Hampden Sydney College, where he studied economics.
Investment Officer, Infrastructure Latin America
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Jay Lurie is an Investment Officer in the Latin America and the Caribbean Infrastructure and Natural Resources investment team at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private sector financing arm. Jay joined IFC in 2009 and has worked across the infrastructure project life cycle in project development, equity investing, project finance lending, and PPP transaction advisory to government ministries. His sector focus is energy, water/waste, transport and logistics where he has led investments in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Prior to IFC in Washington, Jay was based in Singapore and India for IFC, in India and NY for Macquarie Capital, and NY for Credit Suisse. Jay holds a Master of Arts in Economics and International Development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Managing Director
Michelle DiGruttolo is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura where she brings more than 25 years of experience as a trusted advisor to senior decision-makers in the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State, and to corporate executives. She leads the firm’s geopolitical advisory team and is based in Washington, DC.
Raj Patel is a consultant at Chatham House (Africa Programme) and a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), the Penn Social Norms Group (PennSONG), and the Penn Behavioural Ethics Lab (BeLab). He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Patel’s research focuses on the relationship between institutions (both formal and informal) and development, with an emphasis on the role that informal institutions might play in creating and solving collective action problems. He is the co-author of Collective Action and Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions.