2016 Annual Report

Strengthening democracy around the globe through
private enterprise and market-oriented reform


Gregori Lebedev, CIPE Chair

Not since CIPE was established in 1983, has our work been as important as it is today. Following the heyday of global democratic expansion in the 1990s, there has been a wave of changes, if not challenges, to democracy in all parts of the world. These conditions are causing many to reflect upon the nature of democracy, the effectiveness of its institutions, its vulnerabilities and its strengths – and, maybe most importantly, the conditions of the societies in which they function.

The rise of “illiberal democracy” is now a frequent topic of discussion. But the real problem is the “deterioration of democracy,” which is an invisible and incremental process by which democratic institutions themselves are first the cause and later the victim of social and economic neglect. It is a precursor of illiberal democracy.

These conditions have been simmering unnoticed for quite some time – and CIPE’s job is to correctly diagnose these problems of democracy and act to address them around the world. Why are so-called illiberal political movements in Europe on the rise? Why are young people in a diverse set of countries expressing skepticism about democratic institutions?

CIPE believes that the roots of the current dissatisfaction with democracy are broken economies and sub-economies and long-failed economic remedies that CIPE has been confronting for more than three decades. Whether it’s the relentless stagnation of socialism, the inequities of crony capitalism, the corruption of kleptocracy, or the economic dislocation that comes with trade, technology, and productivity, these unsatisfactory or disruptive conditions – to varying degrees and in various places – are compounded by the failure of governmental institutions to address them. And democracy will continue to deteriorate if “trusted institutions” continue to ignore these invisible but very real economic and associated social needs of the majority of its citizens.

Helping rebuild or strengthen those democratic institutions that directly impact the economic well-being of societies, big and small, is at the heart of CIPE’s mission. We are in the business of reconstructing democracies, piece by piece. And, it all begins with those customs and practices, rules and regulations that permit market economies to work and societies to flourish, such as the rule of law, transparency, and accountability, and freedom of speech – which, in turn, foster a climate in which democratic governance can exist.

Where CIPE is successful, it will have removed at least some of the conditions that contribute to the eventual appearance of illiberal regimes or worse. This is essential and timely work, and no other organization in the world is better positioned to tackle it than the Center for International Private Enterprise.



As a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy, CIPE has worked with reformers around the globe since 1983 to advance the cause of political and economic freedom.

The unique perspective gained through CIPE’s private sector partnerships and on-the-ground expertise makes it a world-class leader in the field of democratic and economic development.

Focus Areas


Democratic Governance

Increasing transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors, and giving citizens a say in how decisions are made, is fundamental to ensuring that democracy delivers for all in society.


Business Advocacy

Strengthening freedom of association and building the capacity of business associations and think tanks empower the private sector to participate in the democratic process.


Enterprise Ecosystems

Building the institutions of a market economy unleashes opportunity, reduces barriers to doing business, and creates a level playing field for all.


Anti-Corruption & Ethics

Improving integrity standards, limiting opportunities for corruption, and strengthening compliance programs help the business community take collective action to address corruption.



Reducing barriers to doing trade by forging public-private partnerships to put in place technical and policy solutions grounded in international agreements.

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

In 2016, CIPE launched a new line of work that presents exciting opportunities for the organization and partners globally. The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, of which CIPE is a host organization, is a multidonor public-private partnership to promote inclusive growth by making cross-border trade easier, quicker, and less costly for businesses of all sizes. CIPE is working with its Alliance partners, the World Economic Forum and International Chamber of Commerce, to help emerging markets implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organization.

With its Alliance partners, CIPE is developing programs in Vietnam, Colombia, and Sri Lanka that will help those countries put in place reforms aimed at speeding the movement of goods across their borders. In Vietnam, for example, CIPE experts are working with corporate partners to devise a project to implement a customs bond system to speed up the release of goods from customs. Globally, CIPE and the Alliance are developing projects that emphasize private-sector driven solutions to trade issues, making the Alliance approach unique in the world.

The promise of the TFA to emerging market countries is significant. In some places, as much as 35 cents of every dollar earned from exports goes to shipping costs. Much of it can be attributed to delays caused by import authorities. About 7 percent of the global value of trade is absorbed by the cost of documents alone. Trade barriers such as these result not from deliberate policies aimed at protecting national interests, but from simple inefficiency and outdated practices.

The TFA recognizes that reducing tariffs and quotas is not enough if goods end up languishing in customs houses or if exporters have to pay bribes to move products through ports. This agreement makes streamlining import procedures and shrinking bureaucracy at the borders a top priority.

One big complaint about globalization is that it hasn’t reached small and medium-sized businesses in emerging markets. The TFA addresses this deficiency and plays to one of CIPE’s strengths: working with local partners representing small and medium-sized enterprises to ensure that the voice of local entrepreneurs is heard as reforms are developed.

three panelists at a CIPE event

Sharing Best Practices in Private Sector Approaches to Democratic Development

CIPE partners and staff participated in key global events in 2016 to share best practices in private sector approaches to democratic and market-oriented reforms.

Anti-Corruption Summit, London

Then British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted a landmark international Anti-Corruption Summit in London as part of the global effort to combat corruption. The Summit, which gathered participants from 43 countries, produced a Global Declaration Against Corruption and over 600 country-specific commitments. CIPE Managing Director Andrew Wilson attended “Tackling Corruption Together,” a side event of the Summit for high-level representatives from international organizations, companies, and government departments. Wilson’s statement was a part of the Leaders’ Anti-Corruption Manifesto on why tackling corruption matters.

Global Leadership Forum, Washington, DC

CIPE participated in the Global Leadership Forum organized by the Global Partnership on Collaborative Leadership for Development (GPCL4D) at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The Forum brought together about 200 GPCL4D partners, leaders, and practitioners from government, private enterprise, academia, civil society, foundations, and other international development organizations working in areas of collaborative leadership. The event supported the exchange of knowledge and experience among policymakers and practitioners, highlighting the important role that leadership and coalitions play in promoting inclusive and sustainable development solutions.

Other International Events

Other events where CIPE shared its expertise included: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Integrity Forum in Paris; the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Panama City, Panama; and the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Events Hosted by CIPE

CIPE regularly hosts events at its headquarters in Washington, DC, focused on various topics of importance in democratic development. These events gather development practitioners, academics, government officials, and civil society participants, providing new perspectives and innovative insights on key development questions. In 2016, event topics included “Confronting Gender-Based Violence: Empowerment Through Economic Opportunity”; “Democracy in Sri Lanka: Are Expectations Being Met?”; “Entrepreneurship in Pakistan: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges”; “The State of Journalism Globally: How Authoritarian Regimes Control Information”; and “Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reform.”


For information on CIPE DC events, visit: http://www.cipe.org/events



With over 130 projects in more than 50 countries around the world, CIPE works with local partners to expand economic opportunity, foster transparency and accountability in governance, and help citizens all over the world have a greater say in the policies that affect their businesses and lives.


Board of Directors


Thomas J. Donohue

President & CEO

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Gregori Lebedev

Senior Advisor

The Robertson Foundation

Vice President

Myron A Brilliant

Head of International Affairs

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Martha M. Boudreau

Executive Vice President

Chief Communications and Marketing Office, AARP

Peter M. Cleveland

Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs

Intel Corporation

Claude G.B. Fontheim


Fontheim International, LLC

Kate Fredrich

Vice President, Global Govt. Affairs

Thomson Reuters

Kim R. Holmes

Distinguished Fellow

Heritage Foundation

William A. Reinsch


National Foreign Trade Council

Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby

Diplomat in Residence

School of International Service

Kenneth R. Sparks

President & CEO


Sandra Taylor

President & CEO

Sustainable Business International LLC

Hildy Teegen


Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Phillip N. Truluck

Former Executive Vice President & COO (retired)

The Heritage Foundation

Managing Director

Andrew Wilson

Staff List

This list reflects 2016 CIPE staff. For a current listing, visit the CIPE website.

Thomas J. Donohue
Myron Brilliant
Vice President
Andrew Wilson
Managing Director
Steven B. Rogers
Deputy Director, Operations
Abdulwahab Alkebsi
Deputy Director, Programs

Lars Benson
Regional Director
Henry LaGue
Program Officer
Julie Craig
Program Officer
Toni Weis, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Ryan Musser
Assistant Program Officer
Hanna Wetters
Program Assistant
Sousena Tefera
Program Assistant


Omowumi Gbadamosi
Country Director
Desmond Irabor
Program Coordinator

Olawale Oyenuga


Ben Kiragu
Country Representative


Hailemelekot Asfaw
Country Representative

West Africa

Haroune Sidatt
CIPE representative

John Morrell
Regional Director
Catherine Tai
Program Officer
Michelle Chen
Program Officer
Min Jun
Program Assistant

Papua New Guinea

Eli Webb
Country Coordinator
Mona Endehipa
Program Manager

Marc Schleifer
Regional Director
Natalia Otel Belan
Deputy Regional Director
Eric Hontz
Program Officer
Martina Hrvolova
Program Officer
David Mack
Program Officer
April Snedeker
Assistant Program Officer
Rachel Grossman
Assistant Program Officer
Liza Lenz
Program Assistant
Maria Philip
Program Assistant

Maya Eristavi
Advocacy and Capacity Building Component Lead


Oksana Oleinikova
Country Director
Nataliya Zhuhay
Program Officer
Bogdana Aleksandrova
Program Assistant
Iryna Kryvoruchko
Program Assistant
Anastasiya Baklan
Communications Specialist

John Zemko
Regional Director
Martin Friedl
Senior Program Officer
David Ballif
Program Officer
Laura Boyette
Program Officer
Brenton Ruth
Program Officer
Kevin Gatter
Assistant Program Officer
Daniela Cardozo
Program Assistant

Gregory Simpson
Regional Director
Pamela Beecroft
Senior Program Officer
Babak Yektafar
Senior Program Officer
Stephen Rosenlund
Senior Program Officer
Barbara Broomell
Program Officer
Tova Scherr
Program Officer
Mohammed Al Saeedi
Program Coordinator
John Zanikos
Assistant Program Officer
AnnaMaria Shaker
Assistant Program Officer
Brenna Curti
Program Assistant
Kate W. Moran
Program Assistant
Abigail Stoltzfus
Program Assistant


Randa Al Zoghbi
Program Director
Maha Hashem
Senior Program Coordinator
Lobna Afify
Program Officer

Seif El Khawanky
Program Officer
Hazem Sami
Communication and Publication Specialist
Ahmed Abol Azm
Finance Officer


Karim Shaaban
Program Director


Ali Ayadi
Country Representative

Marc Schleifer
Regional Director
Natalia Otel Belan
Deputy Regional Director
Jennifer Anderson
Program Officer
Medhawi Giri
Program Assistant
Vivek Shivaram
Program Assistant
Maria Philip
Program Assistant


Mohammad Nasib
Country Director
Mohammad Naim
Program Director

Sayed Muhibullah Hashmi
Operations Manager
Matiullah Murad
Program Manager


Hammad Siddiqui
Country Director
Huzaifa Shabbir Hussain
Assistant Program Manager
Mohammad Yasir
Senior Finance and Administrative Officer
Muhammad Talib Uz-Zaman
Program Officer
Faisal Butt
Public-Private Collaboration Advisor


Anna Kompanek
Director, Multiregional Programs
Maiko Nakagaki
Program Officer
Laura Van Voorhees
Program Officer
Stephanie Bandyk
Program Assistant
Morgan Frost
Program Assistant
Amol Nadkarni
Program Assistant

Knowledge Management

Kim Bettcher, Ph.D.
Senior Knowledge Manager
Srujana Penumetcha
Research Assistant

Program Coordination Unit

Oksana Yoon
Peter Glover
Program Assistant


Ken Jaques
Communications Director
Julie Johnson
Senior Communications Manager
Jonathan Custer
Digital Communications Specialist
Ashley Fox
Communications and Digital Content Coordinator

Congressional and Government Relations

Gregg Willhauck

Finance and Grants

Tabitha Wilson
Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
Lascelles Haylett
Mark Schultz
Operations Manager
Julia Chang
Finance Officer
Viktoria Shalaginova
Regional Finance Officer
Claris Tetu-Atagwe
Junior Accountant
Shaza Elmahdi
Grants Assistant


Denise Baer, Ph.D.
Senior Evaluation Officer
Kristen Sutara
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Human Resources

Tamara Noel
Human Resources Manager


Syldeline Decker Bunting-Graden
Executive Assistant

Paulette Houston
Executive Assistant
Rita Williams
Office Coordinator
Maha Elsamahi

José Raúl Perales
Deputy Director
Frank Brown
Senior Program Officer
Florent Bakija
Program Officer
Morgan Dowd
Program Coordinator
Jorge Aguilar
Program Assistant
Timothy Gerald
Program Assistant


National Endowment for Democracy www.ned.org

United States Agency for International Development www.usaid.gov

U.S. Chamber of Commerce www.uschamber.com

U.S. Department of State www.state.gov

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade www.dfat.gov.au

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development www.ebrd.com

Thomson Reuters www.thomsonreuters.com

World Bank www.worldbank.org

Additionally, for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation:

United States Agency for International Development www.usaid.gov

Australian Agency for International Development www.dfat.gov.au/aid

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) www.international.gc.ca/international/index

German Federal Ministry for Economic Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) www.bmz.de/en/

U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.