Development Issues Committee: March 16, 2022: Speaker Bios

Public-Private Partnerships – a Perspective on 20 Years of Experience


AnnaMaria Shaker

AnnaMaria Shaker is the Chief of Staff of Deloitte US’s International Development Practice within Government and Public Services. She is a seasoned project manager of USAID and State Department-funded foreign assistance development programs that advance inclusive economic opportunities and good governance. AnnaMaria is skilled in building relationships and partnerships with government, business, and civil society across cultures, languages, borders, and sectors to drive results for shared goals.

Prior to joining Deloitte, she worked with non-governmental organizations supporting local private sector, civil society, and governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on economic governance reform. At Deloitte, she has supported USAID in MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia as a project manager on technical issues related to locally-led development, economic growth and governance, and private sector engagement. AnnaMaria is a former Fulbright Fellow to Morocco, holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown, and speaks Arabic and French.

Michael Metzler

Executive Director Michael Metzler oversees DDI’s Private Sector Engagement Hub and manages the Agency’s relationship with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

Previously, Mr. Metzler was the Director of USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA)  in which he successfully led efforts that mobilized over $6 billion of new financing for development projects in over 80 countries.  He was also a leading Agency voice on the development of the BUILD Act, which created the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and managed the successful merger of the DCA office and program into the DFC.

Prior to his DCA work, Mr. Metzler served as the Director of USAID’s Economic Growth Office in Serbia, where he managed a diverse portfolio of projects focused on regulatory reform, local economic development, agriculture, enterprise competitiveness, and economic security.

Mr. Metzler has also served as a special assistant and adviser to several USAID administrators on issues related to financial markets, macroeconomic policy, and regulatory reform.  Before joining USAID, he was the director of a national house-building program for Habitat for Humanity International and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal.

Mr. Metzler is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, where he studied development finance and economics.

Heather Kulp

Heather Kulp is the Manager of Strategy & Analytics for Chevron where she is responsible for developing actionable insights on emerging trends, and helping drive strategy across Corporate Affairs.

Previously, she led International Government Affairs for Chevron’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Kulp was the Executive Director of the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) in Washington, D.C., a foundation established by Chevron that builds partnerships to combat poverty and conflict in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. She has also  served as Manager of Public Affairs for Chevron in Richmond and provided strategic support on community issues and social investment to business units across the globe.

Before joining Chevron, Ms. Kulp spent 10 years working on conflict management and community development in places such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, East Timor, Ecuador and Peru. Ms. Kulp served as the Country Director of Search for Common Ground’s Angola office, where she designed, developed and managed a multi-faceted peacebuilding and community development program. This program was recognized by USAID and the US Department of State as an example of “best practices” in international development.

A western New York native, Ms. Kulp holds a B.A. in International Relations and English literature from Boston University and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. Ms. Kulp lives in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband, two children and two dogs.

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