John Hewko

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John Hewko "is a Senior Advisor with the Myrmidon Group. From 2004-2009 he was Vice President of Operations and Compact Development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US government agency established in 2004 to deliver US foreign assistance in a new and innovative manner. At MCC, Mr. Hewko was the principal United States negotiator for foreign assistance agreements to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. During his tenure, he completed the negotiation of assistance agreements totaling $6.3 billion to 18 countries for infrastructure, agriculture, water and sanitation, health and education projects.

"Prior to joining MCC, Mr. Hewko was an international partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie (B&M), specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. After an assignment in Moscow, he founded and served as Managing Partner of the Kyiv office, followed by almost six years managing the Prague office. Prior to joining B&M, Mr. Hewko worked in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo for leading Argentine and Brazilian law firms and then with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington and New York handling South American and project finance transactions. From 1991-92, he was Executive Secretary to the International Advisory Council to the Ukrainian Parliament where he advised various Ukrainian parliamentary commissions in drafting the initial Ukrainian laws on foreign investment, anti-competition and corporations. He also assisted the working group which prepared the initial draft of the Ukrainian constitution.

"Mr. Hewko received his A.B. from Hamilton College, M.Litt. from Oxford University (St. Antony's College), where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and earned his law degree at Harvard University. From 2001-02, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was for several years an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He speaks Ukrainian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Czech.

"He advises clients on a broad range of issues relating to investment in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America." [1]

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  1. Team, Myrmidon Group, accessed May 5, 2010.