Stan Byers

White House National Security Council

Stan Byers

White House National Security Council

Biography

Stan is an expert on sustainable investment and risk in complex markets in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia. On the White House National Security Council, he served as the lead for economics and development for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Directorate, advising the National Security Advisor and the President on economic strategy in the region. Most recently he was a leader of Ernst & Young’s Cyber Economics team, analyzing the geopolitical and economics aspects of cybersecurity. His current focus includes mapping the converging investment and social implications of economic growth, exponential technologies, and cybersecurity threats in emerging and frontier markets. Previously, Stan served several senior roles at USAID, included Senior Advisor for Energy and Trade for the Power Africa Presidential Initiative, focused on increasing investment opportunities to expand energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also served independently as a consultant to the White House and the Dept of State on global trends and sustainability in the extractives and power management sectors. At the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, he was the Development Advisor to U.S. Special Operations Forces and founded and led a team to improve U.S. stabilization operations. His anti-corruption efforts were the foundation of a major new USAID program to reduce corruption in contracting. Other work in Afghanistan included directing a survey of private business to guide the first IMF Investment Climate Assessment in a post-conflict country and a nationwide analysis of media development and information consumption patterns. As the Executive Director of the Global Fairness Initiative, a trade-focused non-profit guided by President Bill Clinton, he helped to negotiate a fair trade compact in Guatemala between local business, labor unions and government, and global apparel companies. Stan is a board member of the Fund for Peace, which works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. He earned a B.S. in Ecology from Purdue University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on economics and development. He speaks Portuguese and is working on Spanish and French.