Stan Byers

Frontier Markets, Cybersecurity

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Washington, DC/USA
Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Stan is an expert on sustainable investment and risk in complex markets in Africa, Latin America and Afghanistan. On the White House National Security Council he served as the lead for economics and development for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Directorate, advising the National Security Advisor and the President on economic strategy in the region. Most recently he was a leader of Ernst & Young’s cutting edge Cyber Economics team that focused on the geopolitical and economics aspects of cybersecurity. Stan served several senior roles at USAID, included Senior Advisor for Energy and Trade for the Power Africa Presidential Initiative, focused on increasing investment opportunities to expand energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, he was the Development Advisor to U.S. Special Operations Forces and founded and led a team to improve U.S. stabilization operations. His anti-corruption efforts were the foundation of a major new USAID program to reduce corruption in contracting. Other work in Afghanistan included directing a survey of private business to guide the first IMF Investment Climate Assessment in a post-conflict country and a nationwide analysis of media development and information consumption patterns. As the Executive Director of the Global Fairness Initiative, a trade-focused non-profit guided by President Bill Clinton, he helped to negotiate a fair trade compact in Guatemala between local business, labor unions and government, and global apparel companies. His current interests include mapping the converging economic and social impacts of rapid economic growth, exponential technologies, and cybersecurity threats in emerging and frontier markets. Finally, Stan was recently named as a board member of the Fund for Peace, which works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. Stan earned a B.S. in Ecology from Purdue University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on economics and development. He speaks Portuguese and is working on Spanish and French.