Harry G. Broadman, a Managing Director and Chair of BRG’s Emerging Markets practice, is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, serves as an independent director on four corporate boards, is a monthly global business strategy columnist for Forbes and Gulf News (and formerly for Newsweek), and serves as a Master Faculty Member and Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Dr. Broadman is a globally recognized authority and practitioner on complex matters involving:
- antitrust (domestic and international), utility regulation, corruption (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Anti-Bribery Act), external audits and fiduciary compliance, corporate governance structures and shareholder rights, global forensic investigations, strategic intelligence, and reputational due diligence
- damages disputes arising from cross-border trade and investment commercial transactions and sovereign agreements and treaties, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and international arbitration for investor-state conflicts and expropriation
- designing and executing multinational business growth, risk-mitigation, and corporate innovation strategies, especially global supply chain management, multi-plant integration, location decision-making, co-investments, strategic alliances, public-private partnerships (PPPs), corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, investment socioeconomic impact assessments, and cybersecurity
Over the past thirty-six years, Dr. Broadman has counseled on these issues for a wide range of clients, including C-suites and boards of US and non-US corporations, private equity firms, banks, institutional investors, family offices, and sovereign wealth funds.
Dr. Broadman’s industry sector expertise encompasses:
- Financial services: private equity, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, enterprise restructuring, banking, transaction and alternative investment advisory, asset management, valuation, research and development investment, FinTech, privatization, and capital raising
- Advanced technology and infrastructure: especially information technologies and telecommunications, logistics and transportation (aviation, shipping, trucking, and rail), e-commerce, construction, and tourism
- Natural resources: energy (renewables, fossil fuels, and electric power), minerals and mining, forestry and agriculture
- Heavy industry and large-scale manufacturing
- Retail and consumer products
The locus of Dr. Broadman’s career has centered on overseas business operations within emerging markets, where he has worked on-the-ground in more than eighty-five such countries spanning five continents, especially China, the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) states, and Mongolia; India and Nepal; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago; Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States); the Balkans; Turkey; Eastern and Central Europe; the majority of Sub-Saharan African countries; and much of the Middle East.
While much of Dr. Broadman’s profession has centered in the private sector, this focus has been interspersed with stints as a senior White House economic official, trade negotiator, foreign investment regulator, World Bank executive, and professor.
Immediately prior to joining BRG, he served as CEO and managing partner of Proa Global Partners LLC, a transaction advisory firm that provides operational advice on the design and execution of deals in emerging markets. Earlier, he was a senior managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he founded and led PwC's Global Business Growth Strategy Management Consulting practice and also served as PwC’s chief economist. Prior to that, he was a managing director at an international private equity fund (chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright), where he was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. At the World Bank, he oversaw some of the Bank’s largest enterprise restructuring investments and sovereign finance operations and throughout China, Russia and the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
During his government service, Dr. Broadman was Chief of Staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers during the first Gulf War and the savings and loan crisis, and then as United States Assistant Trade Representative, where he led US negotiations on international trade and investment across all services industries as part of the establishment of both the World Trade Organization and NAFTA. He also managed all negotiations of US BITs. He was a member of the OPIC Board of Directors and of CFIUS. He came to the White House from Capitol Hill, where he was chief economist of the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (then chaired by John Glenn), during which he was a core drafter of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Broadman was on the Harvard University faculty; a staff member at the RAND Corporation; assistant director at the Center for Energy Policy at Resources for the Future, Inc.; and a fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Broadman has been interviewed numerous times worldwide on television and radio and been widely quoted in the electronic/print media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC, CNN, NPR, CNBC, CCTV, Fortune, CBC, People’s Daily, Time, Kommersant, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Business Africa, El Pais, Le Monde, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and Washington Post.
A prolific writer, Dr. Broadman has authored many 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 China's Management of Enterprise Assets: The State as Shareholder.
He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of The Bretton Woods Committee.
Dr. Broadman received an AB in economics and history, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and an AM and PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.
AB (magna cum laude), Economics and History; elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
University of Michigan
PhD, Economics, 1981
Member, international affairs council
2018 - current
Johns Hopkins University Faculty
2015 - current
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Master workshop faculty member
2015 - current
Proa Global Partners LLC
CEO and managing partner
2015 - current
Senior managing director; founder, global business growth strategy management consulting practice; chief economist
2011 - 2015
Albright Capital Management LLP
Managing director and member, investment committee
2008 - 2011
2008 - 2011
The World Bank Group
Leader, sovereign finance and corporate restructuring operations (China; Russia and the CIS; Balkans; Africa)
1993 - 2008
The White House
United States assistant trade representative; OPIC board member; member, CFIUS
1991 - 1993
The White House
Chief of staff, president's council of economic advisers
1990 - 1991
United States Senate
Chief economist, senate governmental affairs committee
1987 - 1990
Visiting faculty, department of economics, school of arts and sciences; Kennedy School of Government; and energy and environmental policy center
1985 - 1987
Resources for the Future, Inc.,
Assistant director, center on global energy markets
1981 - 1985
Johns Hopkins University
Adjunct professor, international economics
1982 - 1985
The Brookings Institution
Fellow, economics studies
1980 - 1981
The RAND Corporation
Advisor, international energy security policy
1979 - 1980
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
Elected Lifetime Member, Council on Foreign Relations, 1984
Member, The Bretton Woods Committee, 1996
News & Insights
- Gulf NewsApril 4, 2019
- ForbesJanuary 4, 2019
- ForbesFebruary 28, 2018
News & Commentary
- BRG Adds Prominent Emerging Markets Investment, Trade Negotiation, National Security and Competition Policy ExpertBRG press releaseMarch 18, 2019
National Association of Corporate Directors
Board Governance Fellow