MIMI Alamayehou

Managing Director of the Board

Ms. Alemayehou is Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors for Black Rhino Group, an investment platform focused on the development and acquisition of energy and infrastructure assets across Africa. Prior to joining Black Rhino, Ms. Alemayehou was the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance agency of the U.S. Government, which provides loans, guarantees, and insurance to catalyze foreign direct investment and private equity into emerging markets. Ms. Alemayehou was appointed to the post by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the full Senate. During Ms. Alemayehou’s tenure from 2010 to 2014, OPIC’s portfolio grew by more than 24 percent to $18 billion and the corporation’s Africa portfolio tripled to nearly $4 billion. Previously, Ms. Alemayehou was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Executive Director on the Board of Directors for the African Development Bank (AfDB). In this role, Ms. Alemayehou was the senior U.S. Treasury Department official in Africa representing the United States on policy and development issues across the continent. Ms. Alemayehou received a Distinguished Honor Award for her outstanding service from then- United States Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson. Prior to AfDB, Ms. Alemayehou was Founder and Managing Partner of Trade Links, LLC, a development consulting firm. Ms. Alemayehou also managed a multi-country trade project in Africa for the International Executive Service Corps and was Director of International Regulatory Affairs for WorldSpace Corporation, a satellite telecommunications company. She started her career in the U.S. Congress, working for Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas. Ms. Alemayehou was appointed by President Obama to serve on the United States President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa and served in that role from 2016 to 2018. Ms. Alemayehou has served on several Boards including the United States African Development Foundation (2010 to 2014). Ms. Alemayehou currently serves as an Executive Advisor to Blackstone and on the Board of Canada’s development finance institution, FinDev Canada. Ms. Alemayehou holds a Master’s degree in International Business and International Law and Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a BA in Marketing from West Texas A&M University.