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John Amore

John Amore ’04: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

John Amore

John Amore, a MIA/MBA dual degree student received a summer fellowship to work with OPIC, a U.S. Government agency chartered with fostering economic and social development in emerging markets and helping US businesses operate in these countries. “I wanted to leverage my consulting background, training in finance, and perspective on Latin America to provide valuable analysis of proposed large-scale projects,” he says. “Performing this type of due diligence as a steward of responsible globalization, is a social benefit to the international community.”

Amore worked in the Political Risk Department, which underwrites insurance policies at cost that hedge overseas investments against non-business risks such as political violence, expropriation, and currency inconvertibility. His responsibilities included performing due diligence on projects applying for political risk insurance and quantifying the macroeconomic risks that exist.

Amore evaluated political risks in Central and South America, and the Baltic Region for projects including a real estate development in Latvia and an airport infrastructure upgrade in Peru. “U.S. investors would not have pursued these opportunities without partnering with the risk management capabilities of OPIC,” he says.

“This internship exposed me to the challenges faced by emerging markets as they attempt to reduce the gap between the developed and the developing world,” says Amore, “These challenges require coordinated efforts by global thinkers in international affairs and public service, and I now have a better sense of the skills required to be an effective part of this community and the channels that exist to get there.”

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2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

Location:
The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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