Prior to founding GBS, Marysue K. Shore served as Senior Advisor to the President and as Director of African Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation), focusing its equity funds, financing and insurance activities on the compelling investment opportunities in Africa. In addition to her work in Africa, she was responsible for coordinating OPIC’s efforts in the information and communication technology sector as well as exploring how OPIC could maximize its role in the area of renewable energy.
Earlier in her career, Marysue worked at the World Bank Group, first in the Southern Africa Department coordinating the Bank’s investment and advisory work in the region. She later directed a global, multi-investor fund providing financing to telecommunication and information technology projects worldwide. She has worked closely with high-level government officials worldwide on structuring public-private partnerships and generating greater foreign direct investment.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Management and in Spanish from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has completed coursework in international finance and marketing at the Universidad de San Luis in Madrid, Spain. She is proficient in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Marysue is a member of the U.S. President’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa and served on the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. She is a frequent commentator on investment and trade in emerging markets and lecturer on finance and risk management in international trade.
On April 15, 2002, she was formally adopted as a member of the Maasai tribe of Kenya.