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Heidi Crebo-Rediker

co-director, New America's Global Strategic Finance Initiative

HeidiCrebo-Rediker was the founding Co-Director of the Global Strategic Finance Initiative, a position she held until early 2009 when she accepted a post with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Global Strategic Finance Initiative focuses on the relationship between global finance, capital flows, and foreign policy, with a specific emphasis on the role of the U.S. in a multi-polar financial world. Last year, Ms. Crebo-Rediker returned to the US from Europe where she spent over 16 years as a senior investment banker at leading investment banks, including Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. Over her career, she managed businesses ranging from Sovereign, Supranational and Public Sector Banking, European Debt Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets. In managing businesses in these markets, she advised and raised capital for governments, government agencies, financial institutions and companies and led many landmark transactions. Her investment banking roles in Emerging Markets focused on Russia and the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. From the earliest days of post-communist transition, Heidi led a wide range of activities to promote markets, privatization and entrepreneurship, and went on to lead many pioneering transactions while based in London, Moscow and Sakhalin Island. Ms. Crebo-Rediker was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Business" by The Wall Street Journal Europe and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). A graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics, her views on financial and economic matters have been carried in many forums, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, Forbes and The Financial News, and elsewhere.