Oren Whyche‑Shaw—who is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate as President Joseph Biden’s nominee for U.S. Director of the African Development Bank—discusses her career in international development and the growing efforts to bring resources to the continent of Africa. She also talks about the importance of her practice of the TM technique for her work and personal life.
Ms. Whyche‑Shaw was Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Africa Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2015 to 2020. While at USAID, she served as the Interagency Coordinator for the G8 Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition as well as Coordinator for the Partnership in Growth and the Trade Africa Initiative. She has also led the Bureau’s private sector, financial access, and trade development activities as well as USAID’s engagement with the African diaspora in the United States.
Oren Whyche‑Shaw—who is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate as President Joseph Biden’s nominee for U.S. Director of the African Development Bank—discusses her career in international development and the growing efforts to bring resources to the continent of Africa.
Prior to joining USAID in 2011, Ms. Whyche‑Shaw served as the Director for the Office of African Nations and as Senior Advisor in the Multilateral Development Bank Office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While there, she conceived of the African Mortgage Markets Initiative, which was announced by President George W. Bush during his trip to Africa in 2003.
Ms. Whyche‑Shaw’s diversified career before joining the U.S. Government includes leadership positions in the private, financial, not‑for‑profit, and multilateral sectors. She led agricultural and entrepreneurial development projects as Director for Africa with TechnoServe, Inc. She also held leadership positions in the Private Sector Investments Department at the African Development Bank and represented the Bank on the board of the African Export‑Import Bank. In addition, she was an international investment banker with Citibank, N.A., and a corporate banker with J. P. Morgan & Co.
Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Senior Teacher of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Ms. Whyche‑Shaw on February 13, 2022.
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