Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Matthew Murray was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of Commerce in March 2012. On October 1, 2013, following the International Trade Administration’s reorganization and creation of the Global Markets unit, Mr. Murray became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this capacity, he leads the Department of Commerce’s efforts to help form trade policy and solve market access issues facing U.S. firms seeking to expand their business operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is responsible for developing and recommending policies, strategies, and programs to advance U.S. economic and commercial interests in 117 countries, as well as the European Union.
Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Matthew Murray had a distinguished career in business, law, the non-profit sector, and public service. Mr. Murray was most recently President of Sovereign Ventures, Inc., a risk management firm that he founded in 1991 to advise multinational corporations and multilateral institutions on how to reduce governance and corruption risk in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Mr. Murray led an interdisciplinary team that provided risk-mapping, guidance on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, forensic investigation, and government relations services. In this position, Mr. Murray helped mediate several major commercial disputes between foreign investors and local government agencies in the region.
Mr. Murray has extensive experience as a business executive in the energy industry, having served as Corruption Risk Manager at TNK-BP Management Ltd., the third largest Russian producer of oil and gas, between 2007 and 2009. Mr. Murray reported directly to the CEO and Board of Directors on policy initiatives to reduce potential risk in licensing, sales, and gas station and pipeline construction.
Between 1991 and 2007, Mr. Murray also helped launch and manage several business start-ups in emerging markets in a range of sectors including: environmental technology, family entertainment, and wholesale and retail distribution.
In 2000, Mr. Murray co-founded the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, a non-profit dedicated to building rule-based markets in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. As chair, Mr. Murray helped design and manage innovative projects to promote the rule of law and to reduce corruption in the region. The Federal Financial Market Service, the Russian agency responsible for regulating capital markets, selected Mr. Murray to help write the Corporate Governance Code as well as a federal law prohibiting insider trading and market manipulation.
As head of the Center, Matthew Murray was asked to co-chair the “U.S.-Russia Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Institutional Integrity,” an organization of U.S. and Russian civil society leaders formed to share best practices. The Working Group convened regularly under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission to spur both nations to address the transnational threat of corruption.
Throughout his career, Matthew Murray has worked at the intersection of law, international economics and national security. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Murray was an Associate Attorney at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. He conducted international arbitration on behalf of U.S. companies and helped the firm launch a Russia law practice and establish one of the first western legal offices in Moscow.
As an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy (1982-84), research fellow at the Library of Congress (1981), and research analyst for Dr. Leslie Gelb at the Carnegie Endowment (1979-1981), Mr. Murray helped develop U.S. defense and arms control policy and U.S. relations with Europe, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union. Mr. Murray graduated from Columbia University with a J.D. and a Masters in International Affairs in 1988.
02/4/13 Remarks at First Preparatory Meeting for 21st OSCE Economic and Enviornmental Forum
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