Clay Lowery

Clay Lowery is a Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international economic policy advisory firm, where he focuses on international financial regulation, sovereign debt, macroeconomic policies, exchange rates, and investment policy.  Mr. Lowery is currently advising multinational companies, financial institutions, and private equity firms on these matters.

Mr. Lowery served as the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the US Treasury Department from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he managed a 200-person team responsible for economic and financial diplomacy, monetary and banking issues, currency strategy, and trade and investment practices. He chaired the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the government committee that reviews international mergers and acquisitions that may affect national security interests. He was the point person on US policy toward Sovereign Wealth Funds; served as the Finance Deputy to the G20, G7, International Monetary Fund and the Financial Stability Forum; and was appointed by the President at various times to be the US representative to the Boards of the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank.

During his fifteen years of US government service, Mr. Lowery held positions with Treasury – including Paris Club debt negotiator and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Debt and Development Finance; the National Security Council – Director of International Finance; and the Millennium Challenge Corporation – Vice President of Markets and Sector Assessments.

After his government service, Mr. Lowery was Vice President for International Government Affairs with Cisco Systems and Managing Director for the Glover Park Group.

Mr. Lowery is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in international finance and a lecturer at the National War College. Mr. Lowery received his BA from the University of Virginia (Phi Beta Kappa) and his MSc at the London School of Economics. In 2009, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton prize, the highest US Treasury Department honor.

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